1st Edition

Essays on African Population

Edited By K. M. Barbour, R.M. Prothero Copyright 1961

    Originally published in 1961, this book comprises of 14 studies by scholars and officials with first-hand experience of Africa and deals with the nature and organization of population censuses and with the many uses to which their results may be put. Written at a time of political transition on the African continent it was vitally important that the collection and interpretation of statistics dealing with distribution, density, migration and occupation in Africa continued. This volume shows how demographers, sociologists, anthropologists and geographers were using the research to be followed in the interpretation of the numerous censuses being conducted in the early 1960s.

    1.Introduction K. M. Barbour and R. M. Prothero 2. Post-War West African Censuses R. M. Prothero 3. Population Census Estimates and Methods in British East Africa C. J. Martin 4. Demographic Features of Central Africa J. R. H Shaul 5. Estimates of Population Growth in East Africa, with special reference to Tanganyika and Zanzibar C. J. Martin 6. Population Maps and Mapping in Africa South of the Sahara R. M. Prothero 7. Population Mapping in Ghana T. E. Hilton 8. Population Mapping in Sudan K. M. Barbour 9. Population Densities and Agriculture in Northern Nigeria A. T. Grove 10. Population, Land and Water in Central Sudan K. M. Barbour 11 Population Movements in East Africa A. W. Southall 12. Wage Labour and African Population Movements in Central Africa J. C. Mitchell 13. The Towns of Tropical Africa R. W. Steel 14. Yoruba Towns N. C. Mitchell 15. A Geographical Analysis of Boundaries in Inter-Tropical Africa K. M. Barbour.


    K. M. Barbour was Professor of Geography at the University of Nairobi. R. M. Prothero was Professor of Geography at the University of Liverpool.

    Reviews of the Original Edition of Essays on African Population:

    ‘The essays on formal demography are authoritative…and [those] by Southall and Mitchell are masterpieces of social analysis.’ Frank Lorimer, A Journal of Demography, Volume 16, Issue 2.