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Tools and Issues
This compact and accessible text provides a comprehensive, issue-oriented introduction to population geography. First grounding students in the fundamentals, Bruce Newbold then explains the tools and techniques commonly used to describe and understand population concepts using real-world issues and events. Drawing on both U.S. and international cases, he explores such pressing concerns as HIV/AIDS, international migration, refugee movements, fertility, mortality, resource scarcity, and conflict. Every chapter includes both methods and focus sections to provide a more in-depth discussion of the ideas and concepts developed in the book. In addition, a wide array of maps, tables, and figures illustrate and enhance the cases. Newbold highlights the geographical perspective-with its ability to provide powerful insights and bridge disparate issues-by emphasizing the roles of space and place, location, regional differences, and diffusion. Arguing that an understanding of population is essential to prepare for the future, this cogent text will provide upper-division undergraduates with a thorough grasp of the field.
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Regardless of their research interests, most social scientists, geographers, and planners at some time in their careers must include population as a variable that must be addressed. For those with little or no formal training in demography. Newbold's book, although a textbook, is an excellent handbook to consult. * Journal of Urban Affairs * "Newbold skillfully presents important population research themes at different spatial scales in a way that is both clear and balanced. The Focus sections and the Methods, Measures, and Tools sections encourage students to engage with the material by reflecting on real-world issues and case studies in an in-depth manner. Full of expanded international examples and new figures, this updated edition will be an invaluable text for undergraduate students." -- Carlos Teixeira, University of British Columbia "An excellent primer on population geography: ideal for the classroom and accessible to even a novice lay audience. Virtually all challenges facing our world today have a demographic component, and Newbold's book provides the conceptual, analytical, and topical foundation necessary for engaging with these issues. For instructors seeking a text that integrates theory and current demographic issues with research tools and methods, this book has it all." -- Rachel Franklin, Brown University