An Introduction to Population

Second Edition

Helen Ginn Daugherty and Kenneth C. W. Kammeyer

July 21, 1995
ISBN 9780898626162
Price: $59.00
343 Pages
Size: 6⅛" x 9¼"

An ideal introduction to the study of population, this highly accessible textbook outlines the fundamental concepts and measurement techniques of demography.

Assuming the reader has no prior knowledge, the book begins by defining key terms and presenting a brief overview of the topic. Subsequent chapters trace demography from its early beginnings to the present and examine different ways to study population, such as by sociological, economic, political, or psychological variables. Important issues in fertility, mortality, and migration are addressed, including a unique classification of occupations by how likely or unlikely they cause migration. The book concludes with an exploration of relevant political policies in the United States and around the world.

“As the series editor for the first edition of this book, I enthusiastically endorsed it. It offered students an interesting, sound, current, and clearly-written introduction to the study of population. This new and expanded version has these same attractive qualities and does a superb job of blending traditional approaches with today's data and issues. Daugherty and Kammeyer admirably succeed in fulfilling their 'hope' readers will find the book a 'satisfying combination of interesting, informative, and sometimes provocative ideas and facts about the study of population.'”

—Charles M. Bonjean, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin; Executive Director, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

“Daugherty and Kammeyer have produced an outstanding revision. This edition of their book is timely, comprehensive, and readable. It merges population theory with the hard facts of demography. It is just the book that instructors of population need for a survey course at the undergraduate level. I recommend it highly.”

—Jay D. Teachman, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

“The book reads very, very well. It is perhaps the most highly readable and comprehensible of the various population texts that are on the market today. The authors, furthermore, present the subject matter in a manner that is genuinely interesting. The authors have done an excellent job, I think, in incorporating the latest research from the field of demography into their revision. In addition, they have retained the most important studies from the past—including all of the important classical studies that have accumulated over the years. I will be using it as my core text. After completing a thorough review of the text, I am sold on such items as coverage, readability, and ability to stimulate the interest of students.”

—Donald W. Bogie, Ph.D., Auburn University at Montgomery, Center for Demographic and Cultural Research

About the Authors

Helen Ginn Daugherty is Professor of Sociology at St. Mary's College in Maryland, where she teaches population studies as well as courses in gender issues, inequality, and minorities.

Kenneth C. W. Kammeyer, Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, previously served on the faculties of the University of California, Davis, and the University of Kansas. Coauthor of an introductory sociology text, he has written or edited a number of books on population, marriage, and the family.


For students interested in learning more about the field of demography.

Course Use

An ideal text for the first course in population, the book is appropriate for use in sociology, geography, or political science departments.