Chapter 22. Demography

  1. Professor Bryan S. Turner Professor
  1. John MacInnes Professor Investigador Associado research fellow lecturer visiting fellow1 and
  2. Julio Pérez Díaz research fellow specialist member2

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304992.ch22

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

How to Cite

MacInnes, J. and Díaz, J. P. (2008) Demography, in The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (ed B. S. Turner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304992.ch22

Editor Information

  1. Alona Evans Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College Boston, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Edinburgh, UK

  2. 2

    Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Madrid, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 SEP 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169004

Online ISBN: 9781444304992



  • sociology and demography;
  • demography and economics;
  • demography and concept of population;
  • years of life - age groups, generations and life tables;
  • population pyramids;
  • strategic importance of fertility;
  • contemporary situation of demography;
  • demography in era of population maturity;
  • healthy life expectancy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Sociology and Demography

  • Demography and Economics

  • Demography and the Concept of Population

  • Life Expectancy and the Reproductive Revolution

  • Years of Life: Age Groups, Generations and life tables

  • Population Pyramids

  • The Strategic Importance of Fertility

  • The Regulation of Fertility at “Home” and Abroad

  • The Contemporary Situation of Demography

  • Demography in the Era of Population Maturity

  • Conclusion

  • Note

  • Bibliography