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Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues, 11th Edition

  • John R. Weeks
  • ISBN-10: 1111185972
  • ISBN-13: 9781111185978
  • 640 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

John R. Weeks's POPULATION introduces students to population issues, concepts, and theories by encompassing the entire field of demography, including both principle and practice. From fertility and mortality rates to agricultural production and urbanization, Weeks consistently engages students through compelling writing and comprehensive explication. And with intriguing essays and online resources, Weeks's text gives students their best opportunity to truly master core demographic concepts.


  • Short essays: Each chapter contains a short essay on a particular population concept, designed to help readers to better understand current demographic issues, such as the one in Chapter 1 on "The Demography of Conflict in the Middle East or the one in Chapter 11 on "How Big is Your Ecological Footprint." New for the eleventh edition is that each essay ends with two discussion questions to encourage you to think about the topic in greater depth.

  • Main points: A list of ten main points appears at the end of each chapter, following the summary, to help readers review chapter highlights.

  • Questions for review: A set of five questions are provided at the end of each chapter, designed to stimulate thinking and class discussion on topics covered in the chapter.

  • Websites of interest at the end of each chapter.

  • A Glossary in the back of the book defines key population terms. These terms are in boldface type when introduced in the text to signal that they also appear in the Glossary.

About the Author

John R. Weeks

John R. Weeks is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and director of the International Population Center at San Diego State University. He is also Clinical Professor of Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, a Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology and a research associate of the Broom Center for Demography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds a doctorate in Demography from the University of California, Berkeley, from which he also received a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a master's degree in Demography. After spending the first two decades of his career in Sociology (including seven years as department chair at San Diego State University), he moved into Geography. An author and co-author of numerous books, Dr. Weeks has published more than 140 papers and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and books. His research has been funded by millions of dollars in grants from private and public sources, including the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In 2016 Dr. Weeks was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Population Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Demography.
2. Global Population Trends.
3. Demographic Perspectives.
4. Demographic Data.
5. The Health and Mortality Transition.
6. The Fertility Transition.
7. The Migration Transition.
8. The Age Transition.
9. The Urban Transition.
10. The Family and Household Transition.
11. Population and the Environment.
12. Coping with Demographic Change.

New to this edition

  • Every chapter has been revised for readability, relevancy, recency, and reliability, and there has been a considerable amount of fine-tuning following the major overhaul that was done for the tenth edition.
  • Chapter 7 on migration has been substantially revised, especially to incorporate into this chapter the discussion of immigration policy that had previously been hiding in Chapter 12.
  • Chapter 12 has been completely reorganized and rewritten to allow readers to reflect on what has already been accomplished in reigning in population growth, and to put the reader in mind of what the next several decades may look like demographically.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1111860904 | ISBN-13: 9781111860905)

The revised and updated Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides for this edition let you incorporate images from the book right into your lectures.

Online Instructor's Resource Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1111942455 | ISBN-13: 9781111942458)