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Title: Chapter 5 : Demography
Other Titles: Sociology of the Maltese Islands
Authors: Miljanic Brinkworth, Maja
Keywords: Demography -- Malta
Demography -- Study and teaching -- Malta
Fertility -- Malta
Mortality -- Malta
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Miller Publishing
Citation: Miljanic Brinkworth, M. (2016). Chapter 5: Demography. In M. Briguglio, & M. Brown (Eds.), Sociology of the Maltese Islands (pp. 99-110). Ħal Luqa: Miller Publishing.
Abstract: Demography was not always considered a science. It earned this status only after its transformation from an accounting technique into an academic discipline with its own methods. Demography became a science once it had established its own theories. Demography rests on three main pillars- fertility, mortality and migration, which will be described in more detail below. If I were to choose a demographic 'theory companion' to a prospective sociologist, it would definitely be Demographic Transition Theory (OTT) and its offshoots. The OTT was first developed by Warren S. Thompson in 1929 and Frank W. Notestain in 1945 (Poston & Bouvier, 2013), and it implies that each modern society has passed through stages of mortality and fertility decline, starting from pre-transitional stage with high birth rates and high and unstable death rates, to the post-transitional stage we live today, with both rates very low and stable. The OTT has been crucial in explaining the decline in fertility and the underpinning societal changes (Poston & Bouvier, 2013).
ISBN: 9789995752590
Appears in Collections:Sociology of the Maltese Islands

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