The demographic transition and its related effects of population growth, fertility decline and ageing populations are fraught with controversy. When discussed in relation to the global south and the modern project of development, the questions and answers become more problematic.
Population and Development offers an expert guide on the demographic transition, from its origins in Enlightenment Europe through to the rest of the world. Tim Dyson examines how, while the phenomenon continues to cause unsustainable population growth with serious economic and environmental implications, its processes have underlain previous periods of sustained economic growth, helped to liberate women from the domestic domain, and contributed greatly to the rise of modern democracy. This accessible yet scholarly analysis will enable any student or expert in development studies to understand complex and vital demographic theory.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 138 mm
'This is a bold and original book which places population change at the centre of human development over the past 250 years. Written in a highly accessible style, this book should be read by everyone interested in the fundamental forces that have shaped the modern world.'
John Cleland, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
'What a systematic exposition of the linkages between population and development! Dyson, through his life-long experience with strong statistical evidences argues that no other force has greater consequences for development than demographic transition as it influences population aging, international migration and climate change.'
S Irudaya Rajan, Centre for Development Studies
'This work represents a remarkable contribution to the literature on world demographic and social changes.'
Zhongwei Zhao, The Australian National University
'This accessible yet scholarly analysis will enable any student or expert in development studies to understand complex and vital demographic transition theory.'
Arokiasamy, International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai