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Population : An Introduction to Concepts and Issues

0534627692


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Book Description
A well-known and well-respected author provides this comprehensive yet accessible text that introduces students to population issues, concepts and theories. While keeping larger population issues in perspective, the text closely examines key factors in population processes, from fertility and mortality rates to agricultural production and urbanization. The text addresses both population problems and potential solutions, and engages students with intriguing essays, interesting examples, and up-to-date Internet resources. The text is the most comprehensive book on the market, encompassing the entire field of demography, including principle and practice: Chapters 1 - 8 provide the framework and tools while Chapters 9 - 13 apply these tools and demographic perspectives to real-world situations. The text is a classic in...


The Average American
Kevin O'Keefe
158648270X
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
What a thoroughly delightful book. One day it dawned on O'Keefe, a marketing executive with years of experience behind him, that although he had often referred to "the average American," he had no idea who that was, or what such a person would be like. So, using stacks of statistics and an encyclopedia's worth of educated guesses, he embarked on a nationwide quest to find him (or her). The book explores the whole notion of average. Is it just another word for mediocre? But how can that be true, if being average means being in the majority in all things? Some cities rebel so strongly against the average label that they seize on any distinction, no matter how trivial or ludicrous, to promote themselves as special. But does that approach devalue the idea of "special" until it, too, is effectively meaningless?...


Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable than Ever Before
Jean Twenge
0743276973
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In their 2000 book, Millennials Rising, Neil Howe and William Straus argued that children born after 1982 will grow up to become America's next Greatest Generation—filled with a sense of optimism and civic duty—but according to San Diego State psychology professor Twenge, such predictions are wishful thinking. Lumping together Gen-X and Y under the moniker "GenMe," Twenge argues that those born after 1970 are more self-centered, more disrespectful of authority and more depressed than ever before. When the United States started the war in Iraq, she points out, military enlistments went down, not up. (Born in 1971, Twenge herself is at the edge of the Me Generation.) Her book is livened with analysis of films, magazines and TV shows, and with anecdotal stories from her life and others'. The real basis...


Fewer
Ben J. Wattenberg
1566636736
Sept 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
What starts off as a persuasive statistical analysis dwindles into demagoguery in Wattenberg’s latest demographic exploration. Wattenberg (The Real America; The Birth Dearth), expanding on previous work, offers a detailed breakdown of trends toward global depopulation. The previous population projections, he considers, grossly overestimated peak population numbers, and even current U.N. projections, he says, tend toward the high side. The discrepancies are due to dramatically decreasing fertility rates throughout the world, he argues, making population growth rate much slower than anticipated. He predicts that after peaking in the next decades, the rate will drop sharply. Wattenberg’s book examines these numbers, their causes and their ramifications. Keeping his statistics comprehensible to the...


When Generations Collide: Who They Are, Why They Clash, How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work
Lynne C. Lancaster
0066621070
February 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Lancaster and Stillman, partners in a consulting firm, tackle a potential conflict in the workplace: disparities in age may lead people to see situations differently. The authors divide the workforce into four categories: Traditionalists, born between 1900 and 1945; Baby Boomers, born 1946 to 1964; Gen-Xers, 1965-1980; and Millennials, born after 1980; these temporal and social demarcations show where conflicts may lie. This book, like the consultants' mission statement, "bridge[s] the gap between generations by helping people look beyond their own perspectives." No matter how well intentioned, this approach ensures a few inherent problems. Stereotyping is a danger when characterizing groups this large, and the authors don't always avoid the trap. Is it really accurate, for example, to say that Millennials are...


The Empty Cradle
Phillip Longman
0465050506
Apr 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
A controversial argument that reduced fertility and global aging threaten world prosperity, jeopardize national economies, and will change our way of life for decades to come. Overpopulation has long been a global concern. But between modern medicine and reduced fertility, world population may in fact be shrinking--and is almost certain to do so by the time today's children retire. The troubling implications for our economy and culture include: * The possibility of a fundamentalist revival due to the decline of secular fertility * The threat to the free market as the supply of workers and consumers declines * The eventual collapse of the American health care system as inordinate expenses are incurred by an aging population. Phillip Longman's uncompromisingly sensible solutions fly in the face of traditional ideas....


Millennials Rising : The Next Great Generation (Vintage Original)
Neil Howe, et al
0375707190
September 5, 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Building on the concepts they first developed in Generations and 13th Gen, Neil Howe and William Strauss now take on Generation Y, or, as they call them, the Millennials. Unlike their rather distressing portrait of the more reactive Generation X (the 13th Gen), or the negative stereotypes that abound about today's kids, this is all good news. According to Howe and Strauss, this group is poised to become the next great generation, one that will provide a more positive, group-oriented, can-do ethos. Huge in size as well as future impact, they're making a sharp break from Gen-X trends and a direct reversal of boomer youth behavior. Why? Because, as a nation, we've devoted more concern and attention their way than to any generation in, well, generations.

Using their trademark paradigm, which places each generation as part of...



The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community, and Everyday Life
Richard Florida
0465024777
December 2003
Paperback
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From Booklist
Florida, an academic whose field is regional economic development, explains the rise of a new social class that he labels the creative class. Members include scientists, engineers, architects, educators, writers, artists, and entertainers. He defines this class as those whose economic function is to create new ideas, new technology, and new creative content. In general this group shares common characteristics, such as creativity, individuality, diversity, and merit. The author estimates that this group has 38 million members, constitutes more than 30 percent of the U.S. workforce, and profoundly influences work and lifestyle issues. The purpose of this book is to examine how and why we value creativity more highly than ever and cultivate it more intensely. He concludes that it is time for the creative class to grow...


Encyclopedia of Population
Gale Group
0028656776
May 2003
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Population means more than people, births, and deaths. Population studies measure how people live, the environment they live in, and the resources to support life. The 336 articles in the Encyclopedia of Population discuss topics as varied as Divorce, Immigration, Land use, and Prehistoric populations. A topical outline provides a thematic view of the encyclopedia's content, which ranges from population theory to the cultural and political aspects of population.Each entry is 500 to 1,000 words in length, contains a bibliography, and is signed by one of 278 authors--all published scholars from around the world. Among the longer entries are Climate change and population; Diseases, infectious; and Sexuality in humans. As is expected within the field of population, many charts, tables, and...


Applied Mathematical Demography (Statistics for Biology and Health)
Nathan Keyfitz, Hal Caswell
0387225374
January 14, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The third edition of this classic text maintains its focus on applications of demographic models, while extending its scope to matrix models for stage-classified populations. The authors first introduce the life table to describe age-specific mortality, and then use it to develop theory for stable populations and the rate of population increase. This theory is then revisited in the context of matrix models, for stage-classified as well as age-classified populations. Reproductive value and the stable equivalent population are introduced in both contexts, and Markov chain methods are presented to describe the movement of individuals through the life cycle. Applications of mathematical demography to population projection and forecasting, kinship, microdemography, heterogeneity, and multi-state models are considered. The...


Generations at Work: Managing the Clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers, Nexters in Your WorkPlace
Ron Zemke
0814404804
March 2000
Hardcover
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Fast Company, October 1999
Generations at Work is intended to help you bridge the gap or, more accurately, gaps between people of different ages who work at your company. What's so vexing about the workplace is that four different groups are vying for roles and recognition. There are the veterans, boomers, Xers, and the nexters. The people in each cohort, the book argues, have more in common than just their age: They share memories of the same world-shaping events, the same childhood heroes, the same early work experiences. Learning about differences may be fun. But learning about cooperation is useful. And it's here that Generation at Work becomes a valuable tool.

Book Description
Provides creative insights and solutions to issues of recruitment and motivation of the workforce, one of the...


Handbook of Demographics for Marketing and Advertising
William Lazer
0029181755
Jan 1994
Hardcover
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Book Info
Offers marketers, advertisers, and students critical information about the demographic developments that shape the purchasing and living patterns of American consumers. DLC: Consumers U.S.


The Specter of Genocide : Mass Murder in Historical Perspective
Robert Gellately (Editor), Ben Kiernan (Editor)
0521527503
July 7, 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
While this is definitely a collection of distinguished scholars writing for other scholars, the editors, historians at Clark and Yale respectively, bring together a cogent group of perspectives on the history and causes of mass murder. The University of Minnesota's Eric Weitz makes a persuasive case that the peculiar 20th-century combination of mass society, technology and racist ideologies has made genocide so much easier than in previous centuries that it has become both more pervasive and more destructive, looking to those who engage in it as an easy way out. "Genocides of Indigenous People," by Claremont Graduate University's Elazar Barkan contains many insights on the question of inherited collective guilt, as well as good historical summaries. Of the less theoretical historical narratives, some cover...


La Storia
Jerre Mangione
0060924411
Sept 1993
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The core of this gripping, panoramic chronicle is the mass emigration of Italians to the U.S. between 1880 and 1924. Their road to assimilation was marked by hard work, family solidarity, tradition-laden weddings and joyous festivals, but also by poverty, miserable housing, dangerous working conditions and marriages that "often seethed with tensions" despite a public image of unity and warmth. Mangione ( Mussolini's March on Rome ) and Morreale ( A Few Virtuous Men ) trace discrimination against Italian Americans, arguing that politicians and the media fanned prejudice after WW II by resurrecting the Mafia image of the 1890s. They discuss Italian Americans' awareness or denial of their heritage, providing cameos of Sacco and Vanzetti, Fiorello LaGuardia, Frank Sinatra, Don DeLillo, John Ciardi, Francis Coppola...


The Human Dichotomy
John Innes Clarke
0080437826
Nov 2000
Hardcover
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Review
John Stillwell
... a collection of very important and controversial issues and information pertaining to the problems of sex ratios and gender imbalances... contains some fascinating material that I have not seen assembled like this before.

Ludi Simpson
....I would never attempt to read a somewhat technical book cover to cover, but this one's clear language and story enticed me to do just that. I recommend it, and suggest you order it from the library.
Radical Statistics

Book Description
In The Human Dichotomy, John Clarke discusses how the ratio between the numbers of males and females will change in the future.
Scientific and technological advances, accompanied by social and economic change, are affecting the number of births, the number of deaths and the mobility...


The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America's Economic Future
Laurence J. Kotlikoff
0262612089
January 2005
Paperback
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Review
"The Coming Generational Storm lays out the problems in understandable language and compelling detail." -- The Washington Post
"...Kotlikoff proffer plenty of evidence to back up their claims." -- Anne Wagner, National Journal
"The Coming Generational Storm...lays out in easy-to-understand prose why Social Security and Medicare need a comprehensive overhaul." -- Gregory D. Hess, Los Angeles Times
"This is a book any serious investor should absorb and act upon." -- Jonathan Chevreau, National Post
"...Filled with advice on protecting what you've got and making it grow before and during retirement." -- Chris Tucker, Dallas Morning News
"This may be the year's most important book. Essential." -- R. M. Whaples, CHOICE
"The policy solutions of Kotlikoff and Burns are specific and ingenious...." -- Michael...


Sampling of Populations : Methods and Applications (Wiley Series in Survey Methodology)
Paul S. Levy, Stanley Lemeshow
0471155756
February 26, 1999
Hardcover
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Review
Replete with examples and exercises, done with excellent organization structure and enhanced by annotated bibliographies, this book should continue to enjoy success as a classroom choice. (Technometrics, August 2000, Vol. 42, No. 3)

Book Description
A unique, accessible guide to current practices in population sampling.

Now in its third edition, this popular sampling text continues to provide a highly readable, practical treatment of the subject. Keeping the mathematics to a minimum, it walks the reader through real-world sample surveys-from sampling designs to problems of missing data and nonresponse to estimation procedures. This expanded and updated edition reflects the many developments in the field since the publication of the Second Edition, including the latest...


Wildlife Demography
John R. Skalski
0120887738
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"This is an excellent compendium...that replaces an entire file drawer of reprints I have accumulated over the past 25 years." - Robert A. Garrott, Montana State University, Bozeman

"Wildlife Demography will provide...a synthetic basis for methods based on sex and age ratio data." - James D. Nichols, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS

"This book will make an excellent textbook for students of wildlife demography and will serve as a useful reference..." - Mark S. Udevitz, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage

Book Description
Wildlife Demography compiles the multitude of available estimation techniques based on sex and age data, and presents these varying techniques in one organized, unified volume. Designed to guide researchers to the most appropriate...


Statistical Abstract of the United States 2006 : The National Data Book
Census Bureau (Producer)
0160739780
November 30, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This year marks the publication of the 125th edition of The Statistical Abstract of the United States, a fascinating and authoritative collection of facts and figures covering virtually every aspect of American life. Published since 1878 by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Statistical Abstract is the official Federal summary of statistics -- derived from many statistical sources, both government and private -- on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Businesses, academic institutions, libraries, and the general public will find this book to be a rich compendium for statistical reference as well as a guide to other valuable statistical publications and sources.


Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences with Infotrac
Frederick J. Gravetter
0534602460
July 2003
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Description
Gravetter and Wallnau's proven best-seller offers the straightforward instruction, accuracy, built-in learning aids, and wealth of real-world examples that professors AND students have come to appreciate. The authors integrate applications to ensure that even students with a weak background in mathematics can achieve mastery of statistical concepts. They skillfully demonstrate that having an understanding of statistical procedures will help them not only understand published findings, but also become savvy consumers of information. Known for its exceptional accuracy and examples, this text also has a complete supplements package to support instructors with class preparation and testing.

Book Info
State Univ. of New York College at Brockport. Study guide to accompany the...


Correspondence Analysis in the Social Sciences
Michael Greenacre
0121045706
Jan 1994
Hardcover
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Review
"This volume is particularly noteworthy for the chapters stressing computations and historical perspectives. There are many interesting data sets as well as detailed analyses."
--JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION

Review
"This volume is particularly noteworthy for the chapters stressing computations and historical perspectives. There are many interesting data sets as well as detailed analyses."
--JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION

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The Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update
Donella Meadows
193149858X
June 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Updated for the second time since 1992, this book, by a trio of professors and systems analysts, offers a pessimistic view of the natural resources available for the world's population. Using extensive computer models based on population, food production, pollution and other data, the authors demonstrate why the world is in a potentially dangerous "overshoot" situation. Put simply, overshoot means people have been steadily using up more of the Earth's resources without replenishing its supplies. The consequences, according to the authors, may be catastrophic: "We... believe that if a profound correction is not made soon, a crash of some sort is certain. And it will occur within the lifetimes of many who are alive today." After explaining overshoot, the book discusses population and industrial growth, the limits...


From Individual Behaviour to Population Ecology (Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution)
William J. Sutherland
0198549105
February 1, 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
Population dynamics and animal behavior are two subjects which have developed almost independently, despite widespread acceptance of the idea that they must be related. This book provides a novel framework for combining these two subjects and considers a range of conservation issues. The
author suggests how to extrapolate from behavioral interactions to population-level phenomena; each chapter presents a combination of theory and empirical examples, including modelling techniques. Students and researchers in animal behavior, population ecology, and conservation biology will welcome
this new approach.


Fertility, Biology, and Behavior
John Bongaarts
0121143805
Apr 1983
Hardcover
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About the Author
Robert Potter, ASHA Fellow, has been a therapist and an academician in a variety of settings including public school, medical school, Job Corp, private practice, metropolitan speech and hearing centers, and several universities. For most of his academic career, he was a member of the Washington State University Speech and Hearing Sciences Department, in which he served as either chair or program director for 21 years. After leaving WSU, where he is professor emeritus of Speech and Hearing Sciences, he joined the University of Oregon Communication Disorders Program where he was professor and senior research associate. He has published numerous articles in professional journals and has served as a grant reviewer and panelist for the Department of Education and ASHA and as an accreditation site visitor for the latter. ...


Reading Educational Research: How to Avoid Getting Statistically Snookered
Gerald W. Bracey
0325008582
February 2006
Paperback
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About the Author
Since 1984 GERALD W. BRACEY has written a monthly column for Phi Delta Kappan making research accessible to teaching practitioners. In 2003 the column received the Interpretive Scholarship Award from the American Educational Research Association. Bracey spends about half his time as an independent researcher and writer and splits the rest between George Mason University and the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation. He has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Stanford University and has held positions in private firms, local school districts, universities, and state departments of education.

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