Social Demography

Social Demography

1st Edition - January 28, 1978

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  • Editors: Karl E. Taeuber, Larry L. Bumpass, James A. Sweet
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483260914

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Social Demography focuses on selected topics on social science research on population. The papers included in the book are compiled from a conference sponsored by the Center for Population Research, held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in June 1975. The book compiles various findings in social and behavioral research. Chapters explore topics on trend analysis; the sociological meaning of age, and the social-psychological processes of reproductive behavior; analysis of certain aspects of the spatial organization of metropolitan activities; the changing racial stratification; and the future of research in social demography. Demographers, sociologists, and political and economic policy makers will find the book as a good source of insights.

Table of Contents

  • Contents

    List of Contributors


    I Fertility

    1 Some Problems of Fertility Research

    Behavioral Data

    Motivational Data

    Normative Data

    2 The Pervasiveness of Postwar Fertility Trends in the United States


    Fertility Trends

    The Rural Exception

    Marriage Trends

    Trends in the Timing of Fertility

    Persistence of Cross-Sectional Fertility Differentials

    Summary and Conclusion


    3 Age and the Sociology of Fertility: How Old Is Too Old?

    The Sociological Component of the Age Effect on Fertility

    Methodological Concerns

    Age and the Termination of Childbearing

    Age at First Marriage

    Age at Second Marriage



    4 Couples' Decision-Making Processes Regarding Fertility

    Demography's Implicit Recognition of Motivational Influences

    Social-Psychological Approaches to Fertility Decision Making

    A Social-Psychological Model of Couples' Fertility Decision-Making Processes

    Individual Preferences Regarding Children

    Relative Power and Joint Decision Making of Couples



    5 Spatial Aspects of Population: An Overview


    Urban Expansion

    Population Redistribution


    6 Overcrowding, Isolation, and Human Behavior: Exploring the Extremes in Population Distribution

    Animal Studies of Overcrowding and Isolation

    Determinants of Variations in Urban Population Densities

    Ecological Studies of Overcrowding and Isolation in Human Populations

    Surveys on Overcrowding, Isolation, and Human Behavior

    Concluding Remarks


    7 The Organizational Components of Expanding Metropolitan Systems

    The Theory of Ecological Expansion


    Findings for U. S. Metropolitan Systems, 1960 to 1970



    II Spatial Distribution

    8 The New Pattern of Nonmetropolitan Population Change

    Data and Procedures

    Growth and Type of Residence

    A Subregional Comparison

    Some County Characteristics Associated with Growth



    III Social Mobility

    9 Mobility and Stratification: An Overview

    Social Demography and Social Stratification: Definitions and Relationship

    Comparative Social Stratification

    Mortality as a Determinant of Social Mobility

    The Organization as a Context for Mobility

    Purposive Action in Social Mobility Models

    Continuous-Time Markov Models


    10 Changes in the Socioeconomic Stratification of the Races


    Intercohort Shifts in Occupational Socioeconomic Status

    Intercohort Changes in Socioeconomic

    Processes of Socioeconomic Allocation in 1962 and 1973

    Sources of Change in Socioeconomic Status

    Summary, Interpretations, and Speculations


    11 Statistical Histories of the Life Cycle of Birth Cohorts: The Transition from Schoolboy to Adult Male

    Conceptual Background

    Overview and Justification of the Project


    12 Some Methodological Issues in the Analysis of Longitudinal Surveys

    Movers and Stayers—A Review

    Other Explanations of High Diagonals

    Parsimonious Models and Fragmentary Data

    Embeddability and Identification

    Strategies for Discrimination among Competing Models



    IV Emerging Issues

    13 The Next Fifteen Years in Demographic Analysis

    Trends in Demographers' Analyses

    Future Developments in Demographic Analysis


    14 Organization of Demographic Research: Problems of the Next Decade

    Trends in the Availability of Data

    Trends in the Availability of Technology

    Trends in the Place of Demography in the Social Sciences

    Trends in the Demand for Demographic Knowledge

    Implications for the Organization of Research



Product details

  • No. of pages: 352
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1978
  • Published: January 28, 1978
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483260914

About the Editors

Karl E. Taeuber

Larry L. Bumpass

James A. Sweet

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