ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, July 2014

Research Committee on
Sociology of Population, RC41

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Program Coordinators

Number of allocated sessions including Business Meeting: 14.


For sessions program and schedule see

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Demographic Trends, Poverty and Health

Session Organizer
Encarnacion ARACIL RODRIGUEZ, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain,

Session in English


Environment and Occupational Segregation

Session Organizers
Gloria Luz M. NELSON, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines,
Urgasen PANDEY, Srkpgpcollegeagra University, India,

Session in English

The framing of the population-environment relationship led to opposing views. Population growth is either detrimental or advantageous to the environment. The rapid population growth in the developing regions where at least 3/4 of the world population resides provides evidences of environmental deterioration. There is, for example, an increase in air and water pollution especially in the urban areas. Even wealthy countries where there is relatively slow population growth are also concern in overshooting their “carrying capacity”. The climate change phenomenon, in turn, has further linked population with the environment. The extreme weather conditions, from drought to flooding has threatened food security, increased poverty and displaced many populations worldwide. This raises some legitimate concerns like, what are the changes in population trends associated with environment? How do the populations in the developed and developing regions cope with various types of environmental changes? This session welcomes papers that deal with this broad topic that links population with environment.


Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Social Cohesion

Session Organizer
Farhat YUSUF, Australia,

Session in English

Many countries have ethnic populations. These may be persons living in a country who were born in some other country, or persons who, though born in their country of residence, are different from the majority population in terms of their social, cultural or religious norms.

Countries such as the UK and many in Europe have large segments of their populations consisting of overseas-born people; while countries such as China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka have distinct ethnic groups living in these countries for centuries. Some countries such as Australia and Canada have adopted policies of multiculturalism, and encourage integration rather than the complete assimilation of migrants. Social cohesion is an important consideration in adopting such policies. Papers concerning the demography of ethnic groups, as well as those dealing with the interactions between ethnicity, and multiculturalism, ethnicity and social cohesion or with all three would be welcome. While authors are encouraged to use quantitative data based on censuses, surveys or other sources, papers utilizing only qualitative data will also be considered.


Family and Marriage

Session Organizer
Gerardo ZAMORA, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain,

Session in English/Spanish


Gender, Reproduction, Mortality and Morbidity Inequality

Session Organizer
Ofra ANSON, Ben Gurion University, Israel,

Session in English

The fact that, in most societies, women survive longer but are less healthy than men at least throughout their adult life has been well documented. This paradox has been under debate for more than half a century now, without really being resolved. Yet beyond the paradox, there are number of questions which puzzle the scientific community:


Gender-Related Aspects of Fertility

Session Organizers
Andrzej KULCZYCKI, University of Alabama, USA,
Favour C. NTOIMO, Federal University Oye, Nigeria,

Session in English

This session encourages submissions on all issues related to all aspects of fertility and reproductive health which emphasize their gender-related, sociological dimensions. Papers may stress, for example, topics concerning autonomy and other aspects of female empowerment, including adolescents and other vulnerable groups; male roles in fertility; fertility assessed at the couple level; the measurement of fertility and its component behaviors; fertility determinants, consequences, and fertility-related beliefs and attitudes; as well as reproductive health issues (including family planning, maternal and child health, sexuality, and infertility). Empirical case studies and comparative research studies are equally welcome, be it focusing on developed or developing countries.


Global Issues in Family Research

Session Organizers
Maria Carolina TOMAS, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil,
Gerardo ZAMORA, Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain,

Session in English

Family is an important sociological and demographic unit. It is the main locus for social and biological population reproduction. In the past decades, this sphere has changed a lot. Some authors even consider a Second Demographic Transition in course. Instances of these changes are found in the increase in cohabitation, late marriage, delay of parenthood and further fertility decrease. Topics that illustrate the many resulting consequences of these changes will be explored, such as, the evolution of women`s economic and social roles, children outcomes in a context of increasing family dissolution, and particularly new family arrangements resulting in the higher presence of children from partners` previous marriages.

One salient and very important consequence of the changing family structure is the increasing number of childless individuals and couples. Today most childless individuals over the age of 65 differ greatly from the “new” and upcoming generations of childless persons and, therefore, it is important to ask whether this phenomenon is connected to population aging. Moreover, it is not fully clear, to what extent these changes are spread over the globe, and how local cultural norms help to explain them. Thus, this session will focus on descriptions and analysis of family changes, including involuntary and voluntary childlessness, and the relevance of such research for policies addressing demographic change.


Global Population Challenges in an Unequal World. Panel Session

Session Organizer
Elena BASTIDA-GONZALEZ, Florida International University, USA,

Session in English

This panel session invites participants to identify and discuss demographic and institutional transitions that have a bearing on the challenges facing an unequal world. In particular topics are welcome that lead to a thoughtful, but provocative, discussion of the influence these processes exercise, e.g., changing population structures, migration, on social institutions; and vice versa changing family values and norms, advances or declines in political, religious, gender or racial/ethnic participation on demographic processes. Abstracts for discussion are encouraged that highlight these processes globally or in distinct world regions.


Impact of Violence in Global Demographics

Session Organizers
Guillermo Julián GONZALEZ PEREZ, University of Guadalajara, Mexico,
María Guadalupe VEGA LOPEZ, University of Guadalajara, Mexico,

Session in English/Spanish

Latin America has traditionally been considered one of the most violent areas in the world, with high rates of homicide, suicide and accidents in many countries of the region. The activity of organized crime groups joined the paramilitaries, guerrillas and the armed response of governments, as well as a culture that accepts the solution of many interpersonal conflicts through violence, has caused numerous deaths and significant population movements. The objective of this session is to analyze how interpersonal and collective violence affects the structure of the population, its geographic location and the levels of mortality, fertility and migration and therefore, as this situation becomes a challenge for Latin American societies.

América Latina ha sido tradicionalmente considerada como una de las zonas más violentas del mundo, con altas tasas de homicidios, suicidios y accidentes en muchos de los países de la región. A la actividad del crimen organizado se suman la de grupos paramilitares, las guerrillas así como la respuesta armada de los gobiernos, y además, una cultura que acepta la solución de muchos conflictos interpersonales por medios violentos, todo lo cual ha provocado numerosas muertes e importantes desplazamientos poblacionales. El objetivo de esta sesión es analizar como la violencia interpersonal y colectiva afecta la estructura de la población, su ubicación geográfica, los niveles de mortalidad, fecundidad y migración y por lo tanto, como esta situación se convierte en un desafío para las sociedades latinoamericanas.


Organizational Consequences of Aging and Declining Populations

Session Organizers
Walter BARTL, University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany,
Cristina BESIO, Technical University of Berlin, Germany,
Reinhold SACKMANN, University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany,

Session in English

Today, demographic change in most developed societies means aging and sometimes declining populations. Demographic research has obvious strengths in explaining causes of demographic change but there is comparatively little systematic research on its (possible) consequences. Especially research on consequences of declining population numbers is still scarce. However, in modern societies, organizations are obviously crucial for coping with uncertainties and challenges resulting from aging and declining populations. Nevertheless, population and organization studies have only occasionally deliberated jointly about organizational consequences of aging and declining populations. In this context, territoriality of organizational design/jurisdiction and migration across territorial borders seem to be intriguing topics for joint deliberation.

The aim of the session is to fill this gap by addressing the following questions: From a theoretical point of view, especially Organizational Demography and Organizational Ecology seem to offer promising perspectives on these questions. The crucial variables for organizational demography are not the population number or age structure of a territorial unit, but their respective values in an organization. Clients and employees of an organization have both an age and cohort structure; similar to territorial units, organizations are growing or declining in their client and staff numbers. However, some organizations might be able to compensate for organizational decline by strategically extending demand for their services or attracting qualified workforce – even beyond territorial borders (e.g. universities).

Whereas Organizational Demography addresses demographic change in individual organizations, the Organizational Ecology analyses change in organizational populations. In difference to nation states, organizations are quite often founded, merged, split-up or dissolved. From an organizational point of view, demographic change increases the likelihood of changing sizes of demand, participation (e.g. in education or politics) and labor supply in a certain territory. Declining numbers of (sub-) populations are likely to induce waves of organizational dissolutions and mergers in a certain territory (e.g. business mergers, school closures, administrative territorial reforms).

However, other theoretical perspectives on organizational consequences of aging and declining populations (e.g. systems theory, governance approaches) might be fruitful for empirical social research as well.

This session is open to different types of conceptual papers and theoretically grounded empirical studies based on qualitative and/or quantitative methods.


Population and Gender Inequality

Session Organizers
Indira RAMARAO, India,
R. B. PATIL, India,

Session in English

The Human Development Report of the UNDP in shifting from mechanical indicators of economic progress as GNP and GDP to the well-being and freedoms actually enjoyed by populations. The Human Development Report has three distinct departures: a) the development and use of gender-equity-sensitive indicators; b) the formulation and utilization of measures of gender equality and inequality; and c) the identification of efforts and contributions made by women that go unrecognized in standard national income and employment statistics.

Population growth and gender inequality are two entities, yet concurrent and relative terms encompassing many other factors.Gender inequality is a unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals based on gender. Gender inequality is socially constructed. Gender inequality manifests through race, culture, politics, country, and economic situation. It is a causal factor of violence against women.

Increasing population growth has led to increasing migration across national borders.

International communities are now visible segments of populations of many countries. Research on migrant groups has also been undertaken from a multi-dimensional perspective. But these studies have by and large concentrated on male migrants, and treated women as dependents of men who are projected as ‘primary migrants’. Gender is an issue that has commonly been side-lined in studies on migration.

Migration across one’s national borders per se throws up several challenges in one’s life. While migrant communities, in general experience a sense of alienation, women in these communities not only have to make adjustments to new geographical locations, but also to changed social spaces. International migration puts extra pressure on women because they need to make multiple adjustments in totally new situations. It is in the context of this theme that the present session is planned to be organized.

Factors such as age, economic status and group networks have a key role to play in determining the situations in which women in these communities are placed. It is the discussion of the varied ways by which gender determines the experiences of women in international migrant communities that is the focus of this session.

Papers are invited for the session under the following sub-themes:


RC41 Business Meeting


Joint Sessions

Click on the session title to read its description and the scheduled day/time.

Japan’s Experience with Population Aging: Policy Challenges and Innovations

Joint session of RC11 Sociology of Aging [host committee] and RC41 Sociology of Population


Population Aging in South, East and Southeast Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

Joint session of RC11 Sociology of Aging and RC41 Sociology of Population [host committee]


The Demographic Reproduction of Social Stratification

Joint session of RC28 Social Stratification and RC41 Sociology of Population [host committee]



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