This book studies the origins and development of population geography as a discipline. It explores the key concepts, tools and statistical and demographic techniques that are widely employed in the analysis of population. The chapters in this book:
- Provide a comprehensive geographical account of population attributes in the world, with a particular focus on India;
- Study the three major components of population change – fertility, mortality and migration – that have remained somewhat neglected in the study of human geography so far;
- Examine the salient social, demographic and economic characteristics of population, along with topics such as size, distribution and growth of population;
- Discuss major population theories, policies and population–development–environment interrelations, thus marking a significant departure from the traditional pattern-oriented approach.
Well supplemented with figures, maps and tables, this key text will be an indispensable read for students, researchers and teachers of human geography, demography, anthropology, sociology, economics and population studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Sources of Population Data 3. Population Distribution 4. Urban–Rural Distribution 5. Population Growth 6. Age–Sex Composition 7. Literacy and Education 8. Marital Status 9. Economic Composition 10. Fertility 11. Mortality and Life Table 12. Migration 13. Population Theories 14. Population–Development–Environment Interrelations 15. Population Policy
Mohammad Izhar Hassan is Senior Professor of Geography at Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana, India. He also served as Professor at Ravenshaw University, Odisha, India (2014–17), and has been a recipient of the UGC Research Award on a project entitled Demographic Situation in Odisha and its Development Implication. His research mainly focuses on population studies in geography. Twelve Ph.D. scholars and seventeen M.Phil. students have obtained their degrees under his guidance. He has authored four books and three dozen research papers, published in journals of national and international repute. He is a life member of several professional bodies/societies including Indian Association for the Study of Population, Indian Regional Science Association, National Association of Geographers India, Institute of Indian Geographers, Geographical Society of India and Eastern Geographical Society.