DEMOGRAPHY and SOCIOLOGY
What Counts When we Look at Numbers of People?
by Phil Bartle, PhD
Introduction to the Module (Hub)
Documents Included in this Demography Module
Demography is about people, numbers of people
Strictly speaking, demography is not sociological in the sense of being about human ideas and patterns of behaviour.
It is closely related to sociology, however, in that the number of people in a society or community as well as changes in numbers, rates of change, and the same applied to selected categories of people such as age and sex, are all closely related to ideas and behaviour, ie to sociology and society.
A population size and its changes, for example, are a product of birth, death and migration, all which are affected by values and patterns of behaviour.
This short module has two documents in it, one on introducing demography, the other describing a useful tool for both the sociologist and the community mobiliser, the age pyramid.
Migration changes the size of a resident population.
My PhD dissertation looked at the social ramifications of people migrating, yet maintaining social ties to their communities of origin.
The resulting “diaspora” is very different depending on whether or not those ties are kept and remain operational. See the dissertation abstract.
Note: We see “sociological” as not being about people, but about their ideas and behaviour. Culture is not human beings, but is “ carried” by human beings.
An Age Pyramid:
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