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Andrea Morris Sociology 170 Contemporary Problems Paper Contemporary Population Problem How it relates to readings from class Considers its presentation in popular media Why should the issue be considered a problem? Is the problem relevant in other parts of the world? Is there controversy in the causes or consequences of the problem? How does a demographic perspective inform how you think about it? What makes it a population problem? Overpopulation is the term used to describe a population that is growing to the point where its density exceeds the resources available to sustain that population. This is a problem plaguing many countries worldwide, most notably those in the developing world. India is just one country that is facing the issue of overpopulation, quickly growing at a rate that will soon place them ahead of China as the most populous country in the world. By 2050 it is projected that there will be 1.8 billion people competing for the countries resources. As with all issues, there is some controversy surrounding overpopulation and many people have different points of view and opinions regarding this issue. In India, the rapid population growth has resulted in a huge contrast between the rich and the poor, and has had many consequences on the country both economically and socially. Body: problem specific to India: o Contrast between rich and poor o Describe slums o Example of Hamilton Court In India, the rapid population growth has resulted in a huge contrast between the rich and the poor, and has had many consequences on the country both economically and socially. Readings from class to be referenced in paper: Cohen, J. (1995). How Many People Can the Earth Support? New York, Norton Publishing. Chapter 13. Cohen, J. (1995). How Many People Can the Earth Support? New York, Norton Publishing Company. Chapter 4. Intro: what is the problem How is it presented in popular media: in articles, slumdog millionaire (protests) Other parts of world: in china, one child policy
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Why should it be considered a problem: government taking steps to curb population growth for a reason, trying to stop growth, which will help the consequences of it Controversy in consequences: slums right next door to wealthy suburbs Impoverished parts of the country Attempted solutions have been ineffective Promoting smaller family sizes- interfered with personal freedoms Conditions are less than acceptable Introduction: What is the problem?
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