Sociology 1 Lecture16

Sociology 1 Lecture16 - Sociology 1 Lecture #16 3/4/2008...

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Sociology 1 Lecture #16 04/03/2008 14:22:00 Population Population growth impacts the quality of life in our communities Threat of overpopulation has been central to many scholars’ thinking Population issues are interdependent and connected to communities, health,  and the environment Demography: the scientific study of population, and processes related to  changes in population o Sociologists focus on the social factors that influence population rates  and trends Malthus—world’s population is growing more rapidly than available food  supply Marx’s Response—no special relationship between world population and the  supply of resources.  Result of hunger is result of inequality of the capitalist  system Studying population Today o Census: enumeration, or counting of a population o Vital Statistics: Records of births, deaths, marriages, and divorces  gathered through a registration system maintained by government Elements of Demography o Birth rate: number of live births per 1,000 population in a given year
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