The Methods and Materials of Demography

1st Edition

Authors: Henry Shryock
Paperback ISBN: 9780126411508
eBook ISBN: 9781483289106
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th October 1976
Page Count: 577
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Basic Sources of Statistics. Collection and Processing of Demographic Data. Population Size. Population Distribution of Geographic Areas. Population Distribution. Classification of Residence. Sex Composition. Age Composition. Racial and Ethnic Composition. Marital Characteristics and Family Groups. Educational Characteristics. Economic Characteristics. Population Change. Mortality. The Life Table. Natality. Measures Based on Vital Statistics. Natality. Measures Based on Censuses and Surveys. Reproductivity. Marriage and Divorce. International Migration. Internal Migration and Short-Distance Mobility. Population Estimates. Population Projections. Some Methods of Estimation for Statistically Underdeveloped Areas. Appendix A: Reference Tables for Constructing and Abridged Life Table by the Reed-Merrell Method. Appendix B: Selected "West" Model Life Tables and Stable Population Tables, and Related Reference Tables. Appendix C: Selected General Methods. Author Index. Subject Index.


Like the original two-volume work, this work attempts to present a systematic and comprehensive exposition, with illustrations, of the methods used by technicians and research workers in dealing with demographic data. The book is concerned with how data on population are gathered, classified, and treated to produce tabulations and various summarizing measures that reveal the significant aspects of the composition and dynamics of populations. It sets forth the sources, limitations, underlying definitions, and bases of classification, as well as the techniques and methods that have been developed for summarizing and analyzing the data.


Graduate and undergraduate students studying population data, as well as professionals who use population data.


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About the Authors

Henry Shryock Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Bowling Green University, Ohio, U.S.A.