Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.




Demography is concerned broadly with the study of populations as large groups, including population composition and trends in population change that relate to households and families, with implications for social policies.


Birth, marriage and death are key events in family lives, but they are also basic concerns for the demographic study of populations in general. Demography as a discipline was associated with the development of nation states and governments that wanted to develop policies and organize their citizens, whether in terms of the potential number of soldiers available, the labour force needed for economic development, the amount of tax revenue to expect, or to plan the provision of services to citizens. France, for example, has developed pro-natalist policies to encourage population growth since the late nineteenth ...

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