Category Archives: Demography

Sociology in the News – The Ageing Population and The Crisis in Social Care

A couple of not very pleasant news-items which relate to the problems of the ‘ageing population’: The U.K. is on the brink of a social care crisis according to The Independent (November 2016) – with local authorities saying they could face … Continue reading

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The Consequences of an Ageing Population

What are the consequences of an ageing population? This is a summary of a recent Radio 4 Analysis podcast – Three Score Years and Twenty on Ageing Britain. It’s of clear relevance to the demography topic within the 7191 families and … Continue reading

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Sociological Perspectives on Increasing Immigration to the UK

This post looks at the recent increase in net migration to the UK, and at some of the reasons for increasing immigration in particular, including push and pull factors. It also looks at some of the consequences of increasing migration … Continue reading

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The reasons for and consequences of changing patterns of migration

Trends in migration From 1900 to the Second World War the largest immigrant group to the UK were Irish, mainly for economic reasons, followed by Eastern and Central Europian Jews, who were often fleeing from persecution. Before the 1950s very … Continue reading

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The consequences of an ageing population mind map

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Explaining the long term decrease in the death rate

Explaining the long term decrease in the death rate What are the Trends? The death rate has halved in the last century, declining from 19/1000 to 10/1000 today. In the first part of the century,most of this decrease was due … Continue reading

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Explaining changes to the birth rate

Trends in the Birth Rate and Total Fertility Rate Between 1901 to 2010 the birth rate declined from 29 per thousand to 13 per thousand The Total Fertility Rate has also seen a general decline in the last century, from … Continue reading

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