25. Population

  1. George Ritzer
  1. Suzanne M. Bianchi1 and
  2. Vanessa Wight2

Published Online: 2 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444347388.ch25

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology

How to Cite

Bianchi, S. M. and Wight, V. (2011) Population, in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology (ed G. Ritzer), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444347388.ch25

Editor Information

  1. University of Maryland, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of California, Los Angeles, USA

  2. 2

    National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 DEC 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330397

Online ISBN: 9781444347388



  • population growth;
  • overriding population;
  • Malthus theory;
  • demographic transition theory;
  • reformulations;
  • fertility, fecundity;
  • “multi-partner fertility”;
  • Hispanic paradox;
  • effective policy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Debate about Population Growth and its Consequences

  • Demographic Theory of Population Change and Demographic Transition

  • Population Processes of Fertility, Mortality, and Migration

  • Expanding Beyond Fertility, Mortality, and Migration

  • Conclusion

  • References