Demographic Transformation and Socio-Economic Development

Counting Populations, Understanding Societies

Towards a Interpretative Demography

Authors: Petit, Véronique

  • Determines how anthropology and demography can be used in conjunction in the field of population and development
  • Offers a critical assessment of recent developments in the field of population and development
  • Focusses on anthropological demography taking demography as an entry point
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The core aim of this book is to determine how anthropology and demography can be used in conjunction in the field of population and development.

The boundaries of demography are not as clearly defined or as stable as one might think, especially in view of the tension between a formal demography centered on the ‘core of procedures and references’ and a more open form of demography, generally referred to as Population Studies.

Many rapprochements, missed opportunities and isolated attempts marked the disciplinary history of anthropology and demography, both disciplines being founded on distinct and highly differentiated traditions and practices. Moreover, the role and the place assigned to epistemology differ significantly in ethnology and demography. Yet, anthropology and demography provide complementary models and research instruments and this book shows that neither discipline can afford to overlook their respective contributions.

Based on research conducted in West Africa over more than twenty years, it is a defense of field demography that makes case for a continuum ranging from the initial conception of fieldwork and research to its effective implementation and to data analysis. Changes in behaviors relating to fertility, poverty or migration cannot be interpreted without invoking the cultural factor at some stage. Representations in their collective and individual dimensions also fit into the extended explanatory space of demography.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Epistemology in Demography and Anthropology

    Petit, Véronique

    Pages 1-8

  • The Institutionalisation of a Wild Science

    Petit, Véronique

    Pages 9-22

  • The Contours of a Social Science

    Petit, Véronique

    Pages 23-51

  • An Object Called Population

    Petit, Véronique

    Pages 53-87

  • Demography and Anthropology: A Return to the Origins

    Petit, Véronique

    Pages 89-112

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eBook $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9864-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Counting Populations, Understanding Societies
Book Subtitle
Towards a Interpretative Demography
Authors
Series Title
Demographic Transformation and Socio-Economic Development
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5046-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5046-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5045-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9864-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 208
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