Demography in the Age of the Postmodern

ISBN-10: 0521533643
ISBN-13: 9780521533645
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/24/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Demography has developed into a remarkably coherent field and now stands as a firmly established discipline with strong ties to policy-making agencies. However, in recent years there has been increasing recognition within demography of the limits of existing theories and methods, particularly its absence of a strong critical tradition and its isolation from recent theoretical developments in other social sciences. In this study, Nancy Riley and James McCarthy use the lens of postmodernism to structure a critical analysis of the field of demography. Paying particular attention to the fundamental epistemologies and methodologies that currently underlie the field, they explore how postmodern perspectives might serve to energize the field and how demography could be enhanced by the introduction of insights from other social sciences. Drawing on examples of new kinds of research in demography and related fields, this is an important new book that seeks to reinvigorate the field of demography.

Nancy Riley is a sociologist whose research focuses on family, gender and population and China. She is currently working on a monograph (working title: Laboring in Paradise: Gender, Work, and Family in a Chinese Economic Zone) based on her research in Dalian on the family lives of women factory workers. Courses taught include Sociology of Gender, Sociological Perspectives on China, Contemporary Chinese Societies, Families, and Introduction to Human Population. Through a grant from the Freeman Foundation, she was able to offer an unusual set of courses (AS 261/2) in which she spent 5-6 weeks in Asia with a group of students as part of their regular Bowdoin coursework. In spring 2001, the group went to China and Vietnam for 5 weeks; in spring 2002, another group traveled to Japan and China.

Richard Smith is a specialist in organisational development related people development issues and has enjoyed a number of senior roles for a range of blue chip organizations including Dixon Group and Lloyds Bank. Currently running his own consultancy Richard Smith Associates, he works with clients as diverse as Unilever, GKN, Nestle, Mars and Harvard Business School. The Chief Examiner for APMG Change Management products and lead author of the first global Change Management Body of Knowledge for the Change Management Institute, he is also a Fellow of the CIPD.

Jack Caldwell, a native of Louisiana living in Wisconsin, is an economic developer by trade. Mr. Caldwell has been an amateur history buff and a fan of Jane Austen for many years. The Three Colonels is his second book with Sourcebooks. He lives with his wife and three sons in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: why examine demography?
A brief introduction to postmodernism
The essentials of demography
A genealogy of demography
Demography's place in the social sciences
Feminist demography
Postmodern perspectives in demography
Some final thoughts
Bibliography

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