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An Introduction to Contemporary Population Geographies


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List of FiguresList of TablesList of BoxesPrefaceChapter 1: Viewing Populations Spatially: Population Geography as Lives Across Space1.1 Introduction: Lives Across Space1.2 Of Populations and Population Geography1.3 A Short History of Population Geography1.4 Towards Relational Population Geographies1.5 Lives Across SpaceChapter 2: Population Geographies of the Life Course

    1. Introduction
    2. Lives Individual and Common
    3. Arenas of Differential Life Course Experience
    4. Conclusion: Representing Lives Across Space

Chapter 3: Global Spatial Distributions of Population3.1 Introduction: Snapshots of People in the World3.2 The Populated World: a Global Demographic Perspective3.3 The Populated World: Urban, Intra-Urban, Rural Spaces3.4 Conclusion: Dynamism of Lives Across SpaceChapter 4: Fertility and Births4.1 Introduction: Production of Children 4.2 Modelling Geographies of Fertility4.3 Global Fertility Patterns 4.4 The "Value" of a Child4.5 Managing Timing and Spacing of Births4.6 State Policies and Fertility4.7 "New" Fertilities4.8 Conclusion: Fertility's Multiple EntanglementsChapter 5: Placing Human Migration5.1 Introduction: Defining Migration5.2 The Era of Mobilities?5.3 Migration as Natural Expression5.4 Migration as Societal Expression5.5 Migration as Individual Expression5.6 Migration as Life Course Expression5.7 Conclusion: Broadening Understanding of Human MigrationChapter 6: From Everyday to Residential Mobilities6.1 Introduction: Mobilities to Migrations6.2 Everyday Mobilities6.3 Residential Mobility6.4 ConclusionChapter 7: Employment Migrations7.1 Introduction: Beyond Commuting7.2 Student Migrations7.3 General Employment Migrations7.4 Specialist Employment Migrations7.5 Employment Migrations as Family and Community Practices7.6 ConclusionChapter 8: Lifestyle Migrations
8.1 Introduction: Migration for the Project of the Self8.2 The Lure of the City8.3 The Lure of the Country8.4 Lifestyle Retirement Migrations8.5 Conclusion: Relational Lifestyle MigrationsChapter 9: Forced Migrations9.1 Introduction: the Importance of Labels9.2 Recognizing Forced Migration and Mobilities9.3 Forced Mobilities9.4 Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Asylum-Seekers9.5 Conclusion: looking beyond victimhoodChapter 10: Mortality and Ageing10.1 Introduction: the Ageing Body and the End of a Life Course10.2 Elderly Lives10.3 Mortality: Measurement and Global Trends and Patterns10.4 Modeling Mortality Geographies10.5 Differentiating Mortality: Causes of Death10.6 Conclusion: Mortality, Resources and Access in an Ageing WorldChapter 11: 21st Century Lives Across Space11.1. 21st Century Perspectives 11.2 21st Century Challenges11.3 21st Century Populations11.4 Conclusion: 21st Century Population GeographyBibliographyIndex

About the Author

Holly R. Barcus is a Professor and Chair in Geography at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.Keith Halfacree is a Reader in Human Geography at Swansea University, Swansea, UK.


"Open, lively, and path-breaking - Barcus and Halfacree re-centre our understandings of population geographies through their life course framing and inspire and provoke in equal measure: brilliant!"Professor Adrian J. Bailey, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. "At the core of this textbook is the argument that population geography should center on human beings and the myriad ways human beings live their lives across space. It is a more intimate approach to demography than is found in most other textbooks. The authors introduce students to life course theory and incorporate stories from around the globe in a way that humanizes the field and widens its scope."John Cromartie, Geographer at Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, USA.

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