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Counting Populations, Understanding Societies : Towards a Interpretative Demography.

Author: Véronique Petit
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer, 2012.
Series: Demographic transformation and socio-economic development.
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The core aim of this book is to determine how anthropology and demography can be used in conjunction in the field of population and development. The boundaries of demography are not as clearly defined or as stable as one might think, especially in view of the tension between a formal demography centered on the 'core of procedures and references' and a more open form of demography, generally referred to as Population  Read more...
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Petit, Véronique.
Counting Populations, Understanding Societies : Towards a Interpretative Demography.
Dordrecht : Springer, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Véronique Petit
ISBN: 9789400750463 9400750463
OCLC Number: 828302834
Notes: 5.2.3 Evans-Pritchard: Demography as the Explanatory Variable of Politics.
Description: 1 online resource (217 pages).
Contents: Counting Populations, Understanding Societies; Copyright Page; Foreword by the Series Editors; Contents; Introduction; Chapter 1: Epistemology in Demography and Anthropology; Chapter 2: The Institutionalisation of a Wild Science; 2.1 A Wild Social Science; 2.2 Germany: Statistik; 2.3 English Political Arithmetic: Demographic Expertise; 2.4 France: Demography as a State Science; 2.4.1 The Ancien Regime: Intendants and Learned Individuals; 2.4.2 The Revolution and the Empire (1789-1815): A Mirror to the Nation; 2.4.3 From the Statistique Générale de la France to INED and INSEE. 2.4.4 The Origins of Demography Teaching2.5 Demography and Governance; Chapter 3: The Contours of a Social Science; 3.1 An Ambiguous Position in the Social Sciences; 3.2 From Demography to Demology?; 3.2.1 The Foundational De fi nition; 3.2.2 A Key Dimension: Demography as a Science of Numbers; 3.2.3 Beyond Quantitative Description: Demology; 3.3 The Variability of Disciplinary Boundaries in Different National Traditions; 3.3.1 The North American School; 3.3.1.1 When an Ethnologist Deciphers Demography; 3.3.1.2 The Dilemma of the Demographer: Scientist or Expert? 3.3.1.3 A Success Story: The Theory of Democratic Transition3.3.1.4 The Population Council: The Private Sector and Ideology; 3.3.1.5 Concerned Demography: A Stillborn; 3.3.2 The French-Speaking School; 3.3.2.1 Historical Demography; 3.3.2.2 The Montreal School: History, Anthropology and Demography; 3.3.2.3 The Louvain School; 3.3.2.4 The French-Speaking African School; 3.4 Openness or Dissolution?; Chapter 4: An Object Called Population; 4.1 The Concept of Population in Historical Perspective; 4.2 Population: A Plural Concept; 4.2.1 The Greek Origins of the Concept. 4.2.1.1 Plato and the Ideal City4.2.1.2 Aristotle: The Idea of Open Population; 4.2.2 Population: Subject and Actor; 4.2.2.1 The Modern Use: An Abstraction Generating Ideological Controversies; 4.2.2.2 Population and the Control of Society; 4.2.3 The Contribution of Political Philosophy: Power, Sovereignty and the Individual; 4.2.3.1 Rationality Filtered by Political Economy; 4.2.3.2 Conceiving Population as a Problem; 4.2.3.3 Population, Genetics and Networks; 4.3 The Demographic Holy Grail: The Quest for Purity; 4.3.1 Cross-Sectional Analysis, Rei fi cation and Homogeneity. 4.3.2 Cohort Analysis4.3.3 Biographical Analysis; 4.3.4 Multilevel Analysis; 4.4 Critical Perspectives; 4.4.1 Which Paradigm for the Social Sciences? 7; 4.4.2 The Statistical Individual: A Man Without Qualities; 4.4.3 The Temptation of Reductionism; 4.4.4 Multidisciplinarity and Intelligibility; 4.5 Contextualisation and Interdisciplinarity; Chapter 5: Demography and Anthropology: A Return to the Origins; 5.1 Two Antithetical Disciplines?; 5.2 British Social Anthropology; 5.2.1 Malinowski: Field Observation; 5.2.2 Radcliffe-Brown: Social Morphology and Demography.
Series Title: Demographic transformation and socio-economic development.

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The core aim of this book is to determine how anthropology and demography can be used in conjunction in the field of population and development. The boundaries of demography are not as clearly defined or as stable as one might think, especially in view of the tension between a formal demography centered on the 'core of procedures and references' and a more open form of demography, generally referred to as Population Studies. Many rapprochements, missed opportunities and isolated attempts marked the disciplinary history of anthropology and demography, both disciplines being founded on distinct.

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