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Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues, 12th Edition

  • John R. Weeks
  • ISBN-10: 1305094506
  • ISBN-13: 9781305094505
  • 608 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2008, 2005
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 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.


  • Every chapter has been revised for readability, relevancy, recency, and reliability.

  • Each chapter contains a short essay on a particular population concept, designed to help students better understand current demographic issues. Each essay ends with two discussion questions to encourage students to think about the topic in greater depth.

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

  • A set of five review questions at the end of each chapter is designed to stimulate thinking and class discussion on topics covered in the chapter.

  • A list of websites at the end of each chapter offers opportunities to further explore topics of interest.

  • A glossary in the back of the book defines key population terms. These terms appear 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 Sustainability.
12. What Lies Ahead?

New to this edition

  • Chapter 1, “Introduction to Demography,” includes a substantially revised essay on the “Mess in the Middle East.”
  • Chapter 3, “Demographic Perspectives,” presents the latest thinking on demographic theories while at the same time emphasizing the book's primary theme-that the demographic transition is a whole suite of transitions.
  • Chapter 4, “Demographic Data,” includes a revised section on spatial demography, along with a new essay on “The Demographics of Politics: Why the Census Matters.”
  • Chapter 5, “The Health and Mortality Transition,” includes a new discussion on trends in obesity that are showing up all over the world.
  • Chapter 8, “The Age Transition,” reviews the latest literature on the impact of changing age structures on societies.


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 Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305094514 | ISBN-13: 9781305094512)

This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1305094522 | ISBN-13: 9781305094529)

Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation. The PowerPoint slides are updated to reflect the content and organization of the new edition of the text.

Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1305094549 | ISBN-13: 9781305094543)

Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter of the text-most with answers and page references.