Academic journal article Population

Overview of a Population Question

Academic journal article Population

Overview of a Population Question

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With the article on the masculinization of births Population is launching a new series of annual chronicles coordinated by Dominique Tabutin and devoted to the state of world knowledge on a topical demographic issue. Targeting a broad audience of scientists, students, journalists and more, these chronicles will combine factual data with an overview of the theoretical and political aspects of the question in hand. By approaching topical issues in historical perspective, these articles will shed light on their wider context. After a critical description of information sources and measurement tools, an overview of recent research will describe ongoing trends and pinpoint social and spatial disparities. A discussion section will then explore the political or legal implications of the current and future situation, and the challenges facing researchers. Statistical and methodological appendices may also be included.

The new series is inaugurated by Christophe Z. Guilmoto, who examines the question of the sex ratio at birth, which in humans naturally stands at around 105 boys per 100 girls. …

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