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Canada's Population in a Global Context

An Introduction to Social Demography, Second Edition

Frank Trovato

Now in its second edition, Canada's Population in a Global Context continues to provide Canadian students with an unparalleled introduction to the fundamental concepts, theories, and perspectives of demography and population studies. Written for Canadian students, this eye-opening introduction examines Canada's demography within a broader global context to reveal how Canadian population trends vary from or conform to patterns elsewhere in the world.

Readership : Canada's Population in a Global Context, second edition, is a core text suitable for demography as well as population and society courses offered out of university sociology departments at the second- and third-year levels. The text may also be suitable for demography courses taught at the college level.

Part One: Population as a Scientific Discipline
1. The Study of Population
Population Defined
Formal Demography and Population Studies
The Nature of Demographic Change
Individual Behaviour and Demographic Processes
Demographic Change and Social Change
How Do We Know the Facts of Demography?
2. Population Data: Their Sources and Nature
The Population Census
Vital Statistics
3. Population: Past, Present, and Futures
Population History
From Gradual to Explosive Growth
The Demographic Transition
World Population Futures
Canadian Population History: An Overview
Notes for Further Study
Part Two: Demographic Composition
4. Age and Sex Structure
Principles of Age and Sex Composition
Determinants of Age Composition
Sex Ratios
Societal Ramifications of Change in Age-Sex Composition
Canada's Age-Sex Composition: Change and Challenges
Notes for Further Study
5. Nuptiality
Nuptiality in Social Demographic Analysis
Measures of Nuptiality
Nuptiality Trends: Cross-national Overview
Explanations of Nuptiality Change: Industrialized Countries
Explanations of Nuptiality Change: Developing Countries
Canadian Nuptiality Trends and Patterns
Notes for Further Study
Part Three: Demographic Processes I: Fertility and Mortality
6. Fertility
Basic Concepts and Measures
Society and Fertility: Social-Biological Interactions
Proximate Determinants of Fertility
Fertility Transition
Theories of Fertility Change
Search for Underlying Uniformities
Canadian Fertility Trends and Patterns
7. Mortality and Population Health
Determinants of Population Health
Basic Measures of Mortality
The Life Table
Mortality Change through History
Aging and Health Dynamics in Advanced Societies
Health Patterns in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Canadian Mortality: Trends, Patterns, and Differentials
Inequalities in Health and Mortality
Canadian Mortality in Comparative Perspective
Notes for Further Study
Part Four: Demographic Processes II: Internal and International Migration
8. Internal Migration
Basic Concepts
Basic Measures of Migration
Explanations of Migration
Typological Models of Migration
Spatial Models of Migration
Social Demographic Aspects of Migration
Migration and "Social Disorganization"
Internal Migration Patterns and Differentials in Canada
Notes for Further Study
9. International Migration
The Complex Nature of International Migration
Basic Concepts
Data Sources and Basic Measures
Estimating International Migration
Migration in History: An Overview
Theories of International Migration
Canadian Immigration History
International Migration: The Future
Notes for Further Study
Part Five: Population Change and Societal Interrelationships
10. Urbanization
Basic Concepts and Measures
Urbanization History
Urban Systems
Canadian Urbanization
Urban Change in the Future
Notes for Further Study
11. Population and Resources
Population Thought Through History
Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834)
Karl Marx (1818-83)
Malthus and Marx Contrasted
Contemporary Perspectives on Population
Population, Environment, Resources: Complex Interrelationships and Challenges
Notes for Further Study
12. Demographic Change and Policy Concerns
Population Policy
Population Policy - Societal Interrelationships
Social Policy and Its Connection to Population Policy
Demographic Concerns: A Global Perspective
Canadian Population Policy Concerns

Online Appendix:
Includes the following data collection forms:
2011 Canadian Census Short Form
2011 National Household Survey
Alberta Vital Statistics Forms
Companion Website:
Expanded glossary of key terms
Web resources list
Test Bank:
For each chapter:
20-25 multiple choice questions
20-25 true-or-false questions
20-25 short answer questions
E-Book (ISBN 9780199011131):
Available through CourseSmart.com

Frank Trovato is professor of sociology at the University of Alberta, where he teaches courses in demography and population studies. He is a past president of the Canadian Population Society and is the editor of Canadian Studies in Population, the official journal of the Canadian Population Society. He has written two titles for OUP Canada, Population and Society, 2/e, and Canada's Population in a Global Context, 1/e. Professor Trovato is also active in the population studies community, as a long-standing member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), the Population Association of America (PAA), the American Sociological Association (ASA), and the Canadian Population Society.

Population and Society - Edited by Frank Trovato
Population Change in Canada - Roderic Beaujot and Don Kerr
Aging as a Social Process - Andrew V. Wister and Barry D. McPherson

Special Features

  • Written by a Canadian academic with coverage of topics such as population and public policy from a Canadian perspective, this text is relevant and relatable to students in this country.
  • Canadian and international coverage gives students a well-rounded introduction to the discipline.
  • A friendly and accessible narrative style guides students through complex material in an easy-to-read and engaging manner.
  • Up-to-date coverage of essential topics - including the sources and nature of population data, demographic composition, fertility, mortality, migration, urbanization, population policy, and more - makes the material relevant and relatable for today's students.
  • Online appendix provides examples of Canadian data collection forms - including the Canadian Census Short Form, Alberta Vital Statistics Forms, and the National Household Survey - giving students real examples of how demographic data can be gathered in Canada.
New to this Edition
  • Updated to include new tables, figures, statistics, and data from the 2011 Canadian census, providing students with the most accurate and current information available on the Canadian population.
  • New discussions of key topics such as fertility rates; challenges to the future of populations; the societal implications of Canada's aging population; and more.