Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues, 12th Edition

  • John R. Weeks San Diego State University
  • ISBN-10: 1305094506  |  ISBN-13: 9781305094505
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2008, 2005
  • © 2016 | Published
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Demographics just got a lot more interesting, thanks to this book’s compelling writing and intriguing essays. POPULATION does more than give you information; it also shows you how to use it. From the debate over how to rebuild the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina to what should be done about Social Security and Medicare, POPULATION lets you apply the research yourself.

Features and Benefits

  • Every chapter has been revised for readability, relevancy, recency, and reliability.
  • Each chapter contains a short essay on a particular population concept, designed to help students better understand current demographic issues. Each essay ends with two discussion questions to encourage students to think about the topic in greater depth.
  • A list of ten main points appears at the end of each chapter, following the summary, to help readers review chapter highlights.
  • A set of five review questions at the end of each chapter is designed to stimulate thinking and class discussion on topics covered in the chapter.
  • A list of websites at the end of each chapter offers opportunities to further explore topics of interest.
  • A glossary in the back of the book defines key population terms. These terms appear in boldface type when introduced in the text to signal that they also appear in the glossary.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Demography.
2. Global Population Trends.
3. Demographic Perspectives.
4. Demographic Data.
5. The Health and Mortality Transition.
6. The Fertility Transition.
7. The Migration Transition.
8. The Age Transition.
9. The Urban Transition.
10. The Family and Household Transition.
11. Population and Sustainability.
12. What Lies Ahead?

What's New

  • Chapter 1, “Introduction to Demography,” includes a substantially revised essay on the “Mess in the Middle East.”
  • Chapter 3, “Demographic Perspectives,” presents the latest thinking on demographic theories while at the same time emphasizing the book's primary theme-that the demographic transition is a whole suite of transitions.
  • Chapter 4, “Demographic Data,” includes a revised section on spatial demography, along with a new essay on “The Demographics of Politics: Why the Census Matters.”
  • Chapter 5, “The Health and Mortality Transition,” includes a new discussion on trends in obesity that are showing up all over the world.
  • Chapter 8, “The Age Transition,” reviews the latest literature on the impact of changing age structures on societies.
  • Chapter 9, “The Urban Transition,” includes the latest definitions of what constitutes an urban place, along with new data for cities and a discussion of the sustainability of cities-one of the most pressing issues facing future generations.
  • Chapter 11, “Population and Sustainability,” has a new title that reflects its new focus on sustainability rather than on simply the environmental impacts of population growth and change. The chapter also presents an updated version of the very popular essay on the size of our ecological footprint, and features a new emphasis on the question of whether population growth and the simultaneous quest for a higher standard of living are causing humans to overshoot their carrying capacity.
  • Chapter 12, “What Lies Ahead?”, has a new title and an increased emphasis on the likely future evolutions of population change in the world. It also has a more tightly focused discussion of policy options available for influencing population trends and, consequently, their impact on global change. The essay on the migration evolution in a local community has a new surprise ending.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305094514 | ISBN-13: 9781305094512)

This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1305094522 | ISBN-13: 9781305094529)

Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation. The PowerPoint slides are updated to reflect the content and organization of the new edition of the text.

Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1305094549 | ISBN-13: 9781305094543)

Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter of the text-most with answers and page references.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

John R. Weeks

John R. Weeks is Professor of Geography in the Geography Department at San Diego State University. His current research includes applications of remote sensing and GIS to analyze fertility in Arab nations, demography of the U.S.-Mexico border region, and geodemography of crime.