Population Dynamics: Causes and Consequences of World Demographic Change

Population Dynamics: Causes and Consequences of World Demographic Change

Population Dynamics: Causes and Consequences of World Demographic Change

Population Dynamics: Causes and Consequences of World Demographic Change

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In response to changes in world conditions and advances in demographic knowledge that have occurred since the first edition was published a decade ago, I have added six chapters; three are reorganized from previous material and three are new. No chapter remains unchanged, and most have undergone major alteration.

Many people and experiences contributed to this revision. Since the publication of the first edition, I was privileged to work for four years in Asia, Africa, and Europe. During 1969-1971 I was Demographic Advisor at the Insitute of Population Studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and served also as Evaluation Advisor to the Thailand National Family Planning Program and Consultant to the 1970 Census of Thailand. During 1972-1973 I was Conseiller de Recherches at the Centre de Recherches et d'Etudes Démographiques, Royaume du Maroc, in Rabat, Morocco. In 1973-1974 I was Visiting Scholar at the Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques in Paris, France, and at the Population Investigation Committee of the London School of Economics and Political Science in England.

I thank The Population Council in New York City and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for providing the support for these experiences. Four years of unpaid leaves of absence granted by California State University, Los Angeles, made these trips possible; for tolerance of a faculty member who spent so much time overseas, I am grateful.

Acknowledgments are hereby offered to my associates in Thailand, Morocco, France, and England, as well as to gracious hosts in forty-eight other countries. To mention them all would constitute gross name-dropping. In the United States one contributor stands paramount: Margaret Thomlinson suffered through her skilled typing of drafts of this manuscript. Nor can I neglect the Random House editors, who plowed through this text to its great advantage.

RALPH THOMLINSON
Los Angeles, California . . .

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