Home to close to 60 per cent of the world’s population, Asia is the largest and by far the most populous continent. It is also extremely diverse, physically and culturally. Asian countries and regions have their own distinctive histories, cultural traditions, religious beliefs and political systems, and they have often pursued different routes to development. Asian populations also present a striking array of demographic characteristics and stages of demographic transition.
The Routledge Handbook of Asian Demography (Routledge 2018), edited by CEPAR Associate Investigator Zhongwei Zhao and Adrian Hayes of the ANU School of Demography, is the first of its kind to provide a comprehensive study of population change across the whole of Asia.
Comprising 28 chapters by more than 40 international experts, including CEPAR researchers Peter McDonald, Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi, Heather Booth and Zhongwei Zhao, the handbook examines demographic transitions on the continent, their considerable variations, their causes and consequences, and their relationships with a wide range of social, economic, political and cultural processes.
Major topics covered include: the development of population research institutions in Asia; reproductive health and maternal mortality; the process of population ageing and its challenges.
The handbook provides an authoritative and comprehensive reference for researchers, policymakers, academics, students and anyone who is interested in population change in Asia and the world.