Categories and Contexts: Anthropological and Historical Studies in Critical Demography (International Studies in Demography)

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Throughout its history as a social science, demography has been associated with an exclusively quantitative orientation for studying social problems. As a result, demographers tend to analyze population issues scientifically through sets of fixed social categories that are divorced from dynamic relationships and local contexts and processes. This volume questions these fixed categories in two ways. First, it examines the historical and political circumstances in which such categories had their provenance, and, second, it reassesses their uncritical applications over space and time in a diverse range of empirical case studies, encouraging throughout a constructive interdisciplinary dialogue involving anthropologists, demographers, historians, and sociologists.

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Simon Szreter has been a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge since 1992, and is Reader in History and Public Policy in the Faculty of History at Cambridge. He took History Tripos at Cambridge, completed his PhD with the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure in 1983, and was Research Assistant to Lord (Michael) Young of Dartington at the Institute of Community Studies from 1983 to 1984. In 1984 he was appointed Lecturer in Demographic History at Cambridge University. He is the founding editor of Historyandpolicy.org. Hania Sholkamy is Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Gender and Women's Studies at the American University in Cairo. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in 1997. She was Ioma Evans-Pritchard JRF at St Anne's College from 1996 to 1998, and Research Associate at The International Population Council in Cairo. She joined the American University as Assistant Professor of Anthropology in 2000. A. Dharmalingam received a PhD from the Australian National University, was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1994, and joined the Population Studies Centre of the University of Waikato in 1995.

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All of these chapters...can be read with interest by demographers; some of them offer striking insights. * Adrian C. Hayes, Population and Development Review, Vol. 32, No. 3 *

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