Second ISA Forum of Sociology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1-4 August 2012

Research Committee on
Sociology of Population, RC41

  on-line programme

Main theme

Population, health, and life span transitions: North-South perspectives


Programme Coordinators

Elena BASTIDA-GONZALEZ, Florida International University, United States,
Claudia SERNA, Florida International University, United States,

RC41 Liaison in Argentina
Nicolás Sacco, Universidad de Buenos Aires,

Volunteer at the venue
Vanesa Gomez,


All Forum participants (presenters, chairs, discussants, etc.) need to pay the early registration fee by April 10, 2012, in order to be included in the programme. If not registered, their names will not appear in the Programme or Abstracts Book.


provisional as of March 15, 2012, in alphabetical order


Changing population and family structures: Consequences for caring

In an era of fast changing population structure both in the developed and the developing countries, the effect of population age-structure on family structure in terms of reduced child population and increased older population are of a sociological significance for the population studies scholars, as there is an increased responsibility of CARE of child and the care of the old. In this regard, population changes in the reduced number of children and the increased ageing population present challenges to the contemporary family, particularly in terms of care-giving arrangements, for an example, labour participation of both the sexes

Thus family structures modify by bearing the changing elder and child population and these become issues of sociological significance in the sociology of caring. So, family, as an institution, undergoing structural transformation as influenced by the changing population structure, faces a challenge of caring which is increasingly formalized through secondary institutions.

This is the main focus of the session which invites scholars to present their papers on the following issues.
  1. Changing Demographic Age-structure and Family Structure.
  2. Population Aging and Labour Participation of male and female.
  3. Population Aging and Caring through Secondary Institutions/Organizations.
  4. Gender dimension in the care of Population Ageing.
  5. Policies and Porgrammes of the care of Population Ageing.
  6. Spatial Disparities in the care of Aged – Rural and Urban.
  7. Population Aging and challenges in Health Care Services.
  8. Long-term care issues for ageing populations.
  9. Impact of Growth of Aging Population on socio-economic policies.


Current issues in population and social justice

The current global recession highlights major population inequities that exist across the developed and less developed nations. While some societies have policies in place that favor social justice and thus directly buffer the impact of unemployment and underemployment on their most disadvantaged; others fail to provide the resources necessary to sustain quality of life and dignity, thus exacerbating social injustice on their populations. This session encourages proposals that address issues of population and poverty, living wages, unemployment, pockets of poverty, violence and incarceration, inequities in wealth and income and other related topics.


Current issues in population research

This is an open session that welcomes proposals for current and important topics in population research that are not considered in the preceding session topics. All relevant topics will be considered and reviewed. In particular, proposals are encouraged that attend to birth and fertility, adolescence and youth, kinship and marriage patterns among others.


Current Issues in Violence, Risk Behaviors and Social Policy


Demographic challenges associated with aging populations in the developing world

Joint session of RC11 Sociology of Aging and RC41 Sociology of Population [host committee]
The number and proportion of older adults is growing rapidly in many developing countries and regions. These parts of the world are destined to be confronting challenges as a function of their aging populations, particularly when population aging is accompanied by weak formal systems of health and material support. Yet, older populations are still often ignored when it comes to the development of population policy, suggesting a need for research that concentrates on demographic themes of concern to older adults, such as morbidity, mortality, migration and informal support structures. This Session seeks papers that will address challenges associated with aging populations in particular developing countries or regions, or that examine these challenges comparatively across countries.


Demographic challenges in Latin American Societies/ Retos demográficos en las Sociedades de America Latina


Developments in the study of mortality

The past few years have seen a resurgence in mortality studies, with attention now going considerably beyond the classical studies on social inequality and the differentials in mortality which ensue. Current studies have focused on a variety of topics, including (but not only) Cause of death typologies; Sex differences and their causes; Methodology of mortality measurement and analysis; Relation between Period and Cohort mortality; Mortality Risks and their control; Mortality at advanced ages and the Spatial analysis of mortality. This session will be a general session on mortality studies, open to all of these and other topics.


Global issues in fertility and reproductive health


Health and migration: Current issues in population health

During the previous half century the world population experienced major transformations, resulting from unprecedentedly high internal and international migration waves. From the rural to the urban and across nations and continents, populations on the move are now inclusive of all age groups and both genders. Though the push and pull may differ in terms of political, economic, familial or even third age, these migrations present broad contextual challenges to receiving and sending countries or regions. For example, in health these may represent demands on the health system of a society or region; but also in trajectories of disease transmission and patterns of risk behaviors.

This session welcomes proposals that help to broaden the understanding of the health and age related consequences of migration—international or intra-national. Specifically, it seeks proposals that address these consequences in both the sending and receiving countries or regions. Proposals that focus on violence and incarceration, HIV-AIDS transmissions, substance use, especially as it relates to gender and age; and the impact of age and gender migration on the health system, economy and family are encouraged.


Methodological challenges and alternatives to census taking in small island developing states

Joint session of RC33 Logic and Methodology in Sociology [host committee] and RC41 Sociology of Population
For the purposes of this panel, census-taking refers specifically to the conduct of population and housing censuses. Despite their small land area and population size, small island developing states (SIDS) continue to experience formidable challenges that could negatively impact their census-taking operations. At the same time, some islands have embraced progressive thrusts and have embarked upon novel strategies deemed to be worthwhile lessons for others.

The Session aims to explore novel methods and techniques that have been embraced in SIDS to enhance the quality of census-related services, inputs and outputs. In essence, this Session seeks papers that treat with is-sues that would redound to enhancing the quality of census-related services and data, the latter being of critical importance, whether in the context of metadata, raw data or statistical facts. Papers treating with con-ceptual and interpretive dimensions that impact the analytical processes in national census-taking are also en-couraged.

Whether in the context of the Caribbean, the South Pacific, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean or elsewhere, SIDS have encountered numerous experiences with administrative, technical and dissemination functions that impact the quality and efficiency of census-taking outcomes. These experiences have been manifest in the form of challenges and remedial strategies proposed by official statisticians and academicians.

Thus, the Session strives to stimulate discussion and where appropriate, debate emergent issues that redound around technological advancement and more sophisticated administrative and technical systems that render traditional systems less efficient.

Altogether, a wide array of professionals with interests in the consumption and production of census data are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers that will discuss and debate these issues in the context of SIDS. From geographic and socio-economic standpoints, SIDS are similar except for country-specific idiosyncrasies. Nonetheless, the session hopes to assemble contributions from prospective panellists covering all geographic regions that contain SIDS.


Population Challenges in Health Equity


RC41 Business Meeting


Sociology of population: Dimensions of child and the overarching global transformation

Sociology of Population and the overarching Global Transformation raise substantive questions on CHILD and its DEMOGRAHIC DIMENSIONS in terms of happenings during a demographic transition namely of the differences of the transitions in the Lesser Developed Countries (LDCs) and the Most Developed Countries(MDCs), differences in the 20th century from that of pre-20th century, a Second Demographic Transition to below-replacement fertility and declining mortality rates affecting the CHILD replacement as a sociological issue of population growth.

In this regard, these issues raise further on how economic globalization shape the Third Demographic Transition: namely migration-including the forced- from rural to urban places locally, nationally, and internationally and the issue of migrant children, missing child especially the female child, the problem of war ravaged orphans and the trade standard and child labour.

The social responses to these issues of CHILD as a population dimension under the impact of global economic transformations in the 21st century and the population policies that can guide are the challenges of sociologists of population studies. These issues invite interdisciplinary dialogue that links Sociologists of Population studies for a session with the following themes under RC 41 at the Second ISA Forum under my coordinatorship.

  1. Second Demographic Transition and Child Replacement.
  2. Economic Globalization and Third Demographic Transition.
  3. Effect of socio-demographic factors on health of children.
  4. Family Planning Policy and Challenges of Sociologist of Population Studies.
  5. Socio-demographic Factors and Son Preference.
  6. Child Development and the Social Demography of Childhood.


Who's afraid of population decline? Challenges, responses and consequence




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