Human Population Dynamics: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-06-24
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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In human populations, biological, social, spatial, ecological and economic aspects of existence are inextricably linked, demanding a holistic approach to their study. Many undergraduate and postgraduate courses now emphasise the value of studying human populations using theoretical frameworks and methodologies from different traditional disciplines. Human Population Dynamics introduces such frameworks and methodologies whilst demonstrating how changes in human population structure can be addressed from several different academic perspectives. As such, the book contains contributions from world-renowned researchers in demography, social and biological anthropology, genetics, biology, sociology, ecology, history and human geography. In particular, the contributors emphasise the lability of many population structures and boundaries, as viewed from their area of expertise. This text is aimed at undergraduate students, graduates and academic researchers from any academic discipline which considers human populations.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Foreword xiii
G.A. Harrison
Preface xv
Introduction: the framework of studying human population dynamics
Helen Macbeth
Paul Collinson
Demographic perspectives on human population dynamics
Andrew Hinde
The growing concentration of world population from 1950 to 2050
John I. Clarke
Population, community and society in peasant societies
Robert Layton
From genetic variation to population dynamics: insights into the biological understanding of humans
Jaume Bertranpetit
Francesc Calafell
Social institutions and demographic regimes in non-industrial societies: a comparative approach
Richard Smith
The dynamics of child survival
Emily K. Rousham
Louise T. Humphrey
Genetic structure of south Indian caste populations: a confluence of biology and culture
L.B. Jorde
M.J. Bamshad
W.S. Watkins
C.E. Ricker
M.E. Dixon
B.B. Rao
B.V.R. Prasad
J.M. Naidu
Fertility, mortality and migration transitions in association with socioeconomic modernisation among highland minority populations in Southeast Asia
Peter Kunstadter
Ecology, homeostasis and survival in human population dynamics
Robert Attenborough
Glossary 209(9)
Index 218

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