Essays on African Population

Essays on African Population

Essays on African Population

Essays on African Population

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These essays on African population have been written from a variety of points of view and brought together by two geographers who have both worked in University Colleges in British African dependencies since the Second World War. Both editors have worked in the field of human rather than physical geography, yet both are convinced that there is no clear division to be drawn between the two fields of research, since in the study of most problems the two prove to be intimately interwoven. More than this, in the field of population studies they are of the opinion that workers in the social sciences are engaged in the pursuit of common objectives, and need to work together to avoid misdirected efforts and wasted energies.

At the present time, with far-reaching changes taking place in many of the countries of inter-tropical Africa,1 it is especially important that all political, social or economic policies should pay heed to the number, distribution, characteristics and inclinations of the population. New technical developments may be made possible by advances in scientific knowledge and its application and an adequate supply of capital is clearly indispensable in the development of projects of major importance. Yet the course of ordered evolutionary development will also depend on the availability and use of sufficient knowledge of the people of Africa themselves. There is a need for integrated studies, undertaken by workers from several . . .

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