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The importance of including biodemography in the demography curriculum

JAMES R. CAREY
Genus
Vol. 58, No. 3/4, Teaching Demography in the Early 21st Century (July - December 2002), pp. 189-199
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29788742
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

La Biodemografia è una disciplina emergente, fatta di concetti biologici e demografici e di tecniche e prospettive per affrontare i temi di invecchiamento, longevità, mortalità e riproduzione. Integrare un curriculum demografico con la Biodemografia è importante poiché essa fornisce elementi basilari per comprendere misure di natalità e mortalità, stimolando nuovi interrogativi e prospettive di ricerca, e poiché pone la Demografia e il corso di vita in un'ottica comparativa. In questo lavoro, la Biodemografia dell'invecchiamento e della longevità è vista in un contesto epistemologico, comparativo e predittivo per mostrare come la prospettiva Biodemografica in un curriculum demografico possa aiutare a dare nuova forza a questo campo di studi. Biodemography is an emerging inter-discipline which brings biological and demographic concepts, techniques, and perspectives to bear on basic questions concerned with aging, longevity, mortality, and reproduction. Integrating biodemography into the demography curriculum is important because it provides an important foundation for understanding human birth and death rates, encourages new questions and research directions, and situates human demography and life history in a comparative framework. In this paper I consider the biodemography of aging and longevity in epistemological, comparative, and predictive contexts to illustrate why incorporating biodemographic perspectives into the demography curriculum will help strengthen and invigorate the field. La biodémographie est une discipline émergente qui utilise des concepts biologiques et démographiques ainsi que des techniques et des prospectives pour aborder les thèmes du vieillissement, de la longévité, de la mortalité et de la reproduction. L'insertion de cette discipline dans la formation des démographes est importante parce qu'elle offre des éléments de base pour comprendre les mesures de natalité et de mortalité, stimulant ainsi de nouvelles interrogations et perspectives de recherche, et parce qu'elle situe la démographie et le cours de la vie dans une optique comparative. Dans ce travail, la biodémographie du vieillissement et de la longévité se perçoit dans un contexte épistémologique, comparatif et prédictif de manière à montrer comment la prospective biodémographique, incluse dans un curriculum démographique, peut contribuer au renforcement de ce champ d'étude.

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