A comprehensive book that emphasizes the major techniques, methods, and data sources of contemporary population studies. Written by a sociologist and a demographer, the book's principal aim is to improve the students' skills primarily as consumers and secondarily as producers of demographic information. One reviewer says, "The author has a pleasant style. It is the voice of knowledge combined with a gentle voice of teaching." He goes on to say of the book, "It is really unique and refreshingly original. It is comprehensive and comprehensible." -Ron Hammond, University of Utah. The book takes an applied interdisciplinary approach, emphasizing demographic resources such as software, data sets, journals, and the Internet. For anyone interested in population studies.
Emphasizing their purpose of making undergraduate students better "consumers" of demographic information, the authors present a nontechnical text covering introductory issues in population science; population dynamics; population models; and applications in the field of demography, including population policy, the environment, and demographic resources. Suitable for use in a wide range of courses, including sociology, geography, economics, and related professional disciplines. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)