Academic journal article Population

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Academic journal article Population

To Our Readers

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Population is now sixty years old, making it one of the oldest demographic journals still in publication. To celebrate this sixtieth anniversary, we have reprinted an article from the very first issue in 1946, alongside the first contents page and a text by Paul-André Rosental presenting the social and historical background to the journal's creation. Comparing this inaugural issue with our first issue of 2006 gives an idea of how the discipline of demography and the concerns of society have changed over the years. And yet we are also struck by the degree of continuity in the journal's open-minded approach. Today, as in the past, we are strongly attached to a demography centred on the social sciences, a demography based on wide-ranging methods and fields of interest, a demography that sheds light on the problems and issues affecting our societies.

A recent key development has been the introduction of an identical English version of the journal in 2002. …

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