Demography: Analysis and Synthesis, Four Volume Set - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080454856

Demography: Analysis and Synthesis, Four Volume Set

1st Edition

A Treatise in Population

Editor-in-Chiefs: Graziella Caselli Jacques Vallin Guillaume Wunsch
eBook ISBN: 9780080454856
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 20th December 2005
Page Count: 2976
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This four-volume collection of over 140 original chapters covers virtually everything of interest to demographers, sociologists, and others. Over 100 authors present population subjects in ways that provoke thinking and lead to the creation of new perspectives, not just facts and equations to be memorized. The articles follow a theory-methods-applications approach and so offer a kind of "one-stop shop" that is well suited for students and professors who need non-technical summaries, such as political scientists, public affairs specialists, and others. Unlike shorter handbooks, Demography: Analysis and Synthesis offers a long overdue, thorough treatment of the field.

Choosing the analytical method that fits the data and the situation requires insights that the authors and editors of Demography: Analysis and Synthesis have explored and developed. This extended examination of demographic tools not only seeks to explain the analytical tools themselves, but also the relationships between general population dynamics and their natural, economic, social, political, and cultural environments. Limiting themselves to human populations only, the authors and editors cover subjects that range from the core building blocks of population change--fertility, mortality, and migration--to the consequences of demographic changes in the biological and health fields, population theories and doctrines, observation systems, and the teaching of demography. The international perspectives brought to these subjects is vital for those who want an unbiased, rounded overview of these complex, multifaceted subjects.

Topics to be covered:

  • Population Dynamics and the Relationship Between Population Growth and Structure
  • The Determinants of Fertility
  • The Determinants of Mortality
  • The Determinants of Migration
  • Historical and Geographical D

Key Features

  • All chapters share a common format
  • Each chapter features several cross-references to other chapters
  • Tables, charts, and other non-text features are widespread
  • Each chapter contains at least 30 bibliographic citations


University, research, corporate, and government libraries worldwide; all levels of government interested in public policy analysis; industries concerned with data in the areas of benchmarking, competitive intelligence, data warehousing & data mining, directories, dictionaries/glossaries, discussion groups, information services companies, internet, insurance, marketing, news sources, product development/product management, publications/publishers, rating agencies, regulatory & legal, research, risk management, technology & automation, trade & professional associations.

Table of Contents



Part One: Population Growth Populations and Individuals, J. Vallin. Population: Replacement and Change, J. Vallin. Population Increase, G. Wunsch, J. Vallin and G. Caselli. Population Dynamics: Movement and Structure, G. Caselli and J. Vallin.

Part Two: The Longitudinal Approach: Description of Demographic Processes in a Birth Cohort Variation Through Time of Age-Specific Rates, G. Caselli and J. Vallin. From Situating Events in Time to the Lexis Diagram and the Computing of Rates, G. Caselli and J. Vallin. Frequency Surfaces and Isofrequency Lines, G. Caselli and Jacques Vallin. Rates, Frequencies, and Probabilities, G. Wunsch. Competing Risks, Independence, and Continuity, G. Wunsch. The Longitudinal Approach, G. Wunsch. Cohort Life Table, J. Vallin and G. Caselli. Cohort Analysis of Fertility, G. Wunsch. Cohort Approach to External Migration Flows, G. Caselli and J. Vallin.

Part Three: Period Analysis Revisited: The Hypothetical Cohort and Its Relations with Actual Birth Cohorts The Hypothetical Cohort as a Tool for Demographic Analysis, J. Vallin and G. Caselli. Confounding Variables, Standardization, and the Problem of Summary, G. Wunsch. Relationships Between Age-Specific Rates and Synthetic Indicators: Decomposition of a Difference, J. Vallin and G. Caselli. Demographic Translation: From Period to Cohort Perspective and Back, N. Keilman. Age-Period-Cohort Models in Demography, J. Wilmoth. <


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About the Editor-in-Chief

Graziella Caselli

Affiliations and Expertise

Università degli Studi di Roma, Italy

Jacques Vallin

Affiliations and Expertise

Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques, Paris, France

Guillaume Wunsch

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Louvain, Belgium


"This book is an up-to-date and indispensable tool for teachers, researchers, and all others involved in demography. Edited by three well-known experts, this volume combines essays prepared by outstanding specialists in all important areas of the field. It treats not only the materials and the methods of demography, but also summarizes demographic treatises and textbooks in countries of the world. Truly impressive!" -Sylvia T. Wargon, Senior Research Analyst, Statistics Canada "Demography: Analysis and Synthesis is a comprehensive collection of methodological, theoretical and practical chapters on determinants of population change. In a highly meaningful way it also combines demographic insight with wider themes from neighboring disciplines. It is an excellent reading for those interested in the social repercussions of population change, and a work of reference and a tool for teaching in demography." -Pekka Martikainen, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland "Jointly the four volumes of Demography: Analysis and Synthesis represents the most complete and up-to-date analysis to appear in print of theory and methods central to the core of demographic science. At the same time these volumes represent the most exhaustive synthesis of demography with the many directly and indirectly related fields of knowledge (health-care, migration, integration, history, population policy, etc.) of importance to population studies. This work covers every major theme of demography in its broadest application. It is a truly outstanding achievement and an indispensable source of knowledge for the specialist as well as for the informed lay reader." -Charles Westin, Professor of Migration and Ethnicity Studies, Stockholm University "These volumes bring together accessible research findings from scientists working a