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Encyclopedia of population
Demeny, Paul George, 1932-
Publication Information:
New York : Macmillan Reference USA, [2003]

Physical Description:
2 volumes : illustrations ; 29 cm
v. 1. A-H -- v. 2. I-W ; Appendix ; Index.


Format :


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HB871 .E538 2003 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
HB871 .E538 2003 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This successor to Macmillan's "International Encyclopedia of Population provides expanded, up-to-date coverage of demographic topics both in the core field and in neighboring disciplines. Designed to encompass the large-scale changes in emphasis and research directions in population studies during the last 20 years, coverage complements the curriculum focus on human migration patterns, population decline, the environmental impact of dense population and problems of old age support.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Population0 means more than people, births, and deaths. Population studies measure how people live, the environment they live in, and the resources to support life. The 336 articles in the Ency0 clopedia of Population discuss topics as varied as Divorce, Immigration, Land use0 , and Prehistoric populations.0 A topical outline provides a thematic view of the encyclopedia's content, which ranges from population theory to the cultural and political aspects of population. Each entry is 500 to 1,000 words in length, contains a bibliography, and is signed by one of 278 authors--all published scholars from around the world. Among the longer entries are Climate change and population; Diseases, infectious0 ; and Sexuality in humans. 0 As is expected within the field of population, many charts, tables, and graphs accompany the text, including several in an appendix. Biographical entries on 60 individuals whose work was important in the development of population studies--for example, Thomas Malthus, Karl Marx, and Margaret Sanger--are included. Finding aids include an alphabetical list of articles, see0 and see0 also0 references, and an extensive index. The Encyclopedia of Population0 is a successor to the International Encyclopedia of Population 0 (Free Press, 1982). This earlier work focused on entries by country, whereas the later title focuses on themes and topics in population. Although the number of entry headings has doubled, the page numbers haven't, so expect concision and some dropped content. Appropriate for academic libraries, particularly those with programs in population studies, world economics, political science, and world development. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

Who knew divorce, disease, and disaster could be so interesting? The first major population reference in a decade expands the scope of the subject and deals with 21st-century population issues. While earlier approaches focused on growth and how to curtail it, this work communicates a range of interests, including low fertility, old-age support, genetic engineering, animal rights, and ethical debates like abortion and asylum seeking. The thematic overview and outline, pitched at undergraduates, makes this reference particularly browsable. It avoids jargon, does not require prior specialized knowledge, is highly utilitarian, and is accessible to a wide range of readers. The entries, intended for professionals in population sciences and other social scientists, are academic in tone. Most are brief (a few are longer), and settle controversies in the field while raising others. The editors balance differing opinions in the field. Entries, written by experts, include bibliographies and Internet resources. Biographical entries are restricted to persons important in the development of population studies. Tables are clear and well labeled. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Academic collections, undergraduate and higher. R. Tolley-Stokes East Tennessee State University