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Books & Journal Special Issues By Our Members

The Cluster supports the publication of books and special issues of journals, often produced as outcomes of workshops or conferences organized by members. Books written or edited by Cluster members are also promoted by the Cluster.

The Changing Canadian Population

Edited by Barry Edmonston and Eric Wai-Ching Fong

Book Cover_The Canadian Changing PopulationCurrent social and economic changes in Canada raise many questions. Will Canada's education system be able to maintain its competitiveness when faced with increasing globalization? Will the growing numbers of immigrants and their children be successfully integrated? How will Canada's social institutions respond to a rapidly aging population? The Changing Canadian Population assembles answers from many of Canada's most distinguished scholars, who reassess the current state of society and Canada's preparedness for the challenges of the future.

Analysing the authoritative information of recent census data, contributors present a comprehensive overview of crucial issues, including employment, family arrangements, internal migration, population distribution, urbanization, language, ethnicity, and religion. An invaluable reference for understanding the direction of Canadian society, The Changing Canadian Population synthesizes the monumental information contained in the census in accessible and clarifying chapters.

For more inforamtion see The Changing Canadian Population in McGill-Queen's University Press (Publisher's Website)


Special Issue of Canadian Public Policy 

Journal Cover Canadian Public PolicyCanadian Public Policy is Canada's foremost journal examining economic and social policy. The aim of the journal is to stimulate research and discussion of public policy problems in Canada. It is directed at a wide readership including decision makers and advisers in business organizations and governments, and policy researchers in private institutions and universities.

This special issue (February 2011 (37:s1))disseminates knowledge from six studies aimed at demonstrating with various data and methodological approaches, the utility of life course as a framework for policy analysis. The project was initially developed with the support of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and brought together researchers from various places in Canada, and at varying career stages, with policy makers. The targeted audience for the special issue is anyone interested in policy in Canada, whether academics or policy people. The support of the Cluster as a sponsor of this special issue enables wide dissemination of policy-relevant research.

For more inforamtion see Vol 37, Supplement Issue 1 in Canadian Public Policy (Journal Website)


Special Issue of Canadian Studies in Population 

Journal Cover Canadian Studies in PopulationCanadian Studies in Population is the official journal of the Canadian Population Society, and is published by the Population Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta.

The Immigration and Migrants Committee has edited and revised six papers from the the Workshop on Lifecourse Perspectives on Immigration held at the Centre Urbanisation, Culture et Société (UCS), Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique in Montréal on Friday, 4 June 2010.

For more inforamtion see Vol 40 No. 1-2 in  Canadian Studies in Population (Journal Website)


Special Issue of Canadian Studies in Population 

The Canadian Studies in Population is the official journal of the Canadian Population Society, and is published by the Population Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta.

The The Federation of Canadian Demographers (FCD), a joint initiative of the Association des démographes du Québec (ADQ) and the Canadian Population Society (CPS), held in 2015 a conference on “Revisiting demographic challenges in the 21st Century - Population dynamics, demographic methods and public policy”. Selected papers presented in the FCD conference will be published in special issue of the Canadian Studies in Population in June 2017.


The Dawn of Canada's Century: Hidden Histories

Edited by Fordon Darroch

Book Cover_The Dawn of Canada's CenturyAn illuminating look at the people who helped shape the twentieth century in Canada

Sir Wilfrid Laurier famously claimed that the twentieth century would be Canada's century and, indeed, its opening decade witnessed remarkable territorial, demographic, and social transformations. Yet the lives of those who lived and laboured to fashion these changes remain largely hidden from historical view. The Dawn of Canada's Century presents close and systematic interpretations of everyday lives based on the first national sample of the 1911 census.

Written by many of Canada's leading historical researchers, The Dawn of Canada's Century demonstrates the wide-ranging and revealing social histories made possible by the new Canadian Century Research Infrastructure, an innovative database of national samples of decennial census microdata, from 1911 through 1951. This revealing collection sheds new light on topics including identity and language, the socio-demography of aboriginal populations, national labour market dynamics, earnings distributions, social mobility, gender and immigration experiences, and the technologies of census taking. 

Situating early twentieth-century Canada within international historical population studies, these essays provide new ways to understand individuals' lives and connect them to larger structural changes. 

Contributors include Peter Baskerville (Alberta), Claude Bellevance (Université du Quebéc à Trois Rivière), Sean T. Cadigan (Memorial), Gordon Darroch (York), Lisa Dillon (UdeM), Chad Gaffield (SSHRC), Danielle Gauvreau (Concordia), Gustave Goldmann (Ottawa), Adam J. Green (Ottawa), Kris Inwood (Guelph), Charles Jones (Toronto), Richard Marcoux (Laval), Mary MacKinnon (McGill), Chris Minns (London School of Economics), Byron Moldofsky (Toronto), France Normand (Université du Quebéc à Trois Rivière), Stella Park (Toronto), Terry Quinlan (Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency), Laurent Richard (Laval), Katharine Rollwagen (Ottawa), Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths, University of London), Eric W. Sager (Victoria), Marc St-Hilaire (Laval), and Patricia Thornton (Concordia).

For more inforamtion see McGill-Queen's University Press (Publisher's Website)


Repenser la famille et ses transitions. Repenser les politiques publiques (French Only)

Sous la direction de : Stéphanie Gaudet, Nathalie Burlone, Maurice Lévesque
Partially funded by the Cluster.

Book Cover Repenser la famille et ses transitionsSe centrant sur l'analyse des parcours de vie, ce livre porte un regard dynamique sur l'organisation sociale qu'est la famille. Plus qu'une catégorie sociale, la famille évolue et se transforme à travers des transitions-clés : l'ajout d'un membre (conjugalité, naissance, adoption, etc.), le retrait d'un membre (décès, séparation, divorce, départ de la maison parentale, etc.), la modulation des rôles sociaux (travail, entraide, parentalité, etc.) et les mouvements résidentiels ou migratoires qui ont des répercussions importantes sur l'organisation temporelle et spatiale des familles.

Dans ce collectif multidisciplinaire, les auteurs s'intéressent aux apports de l'approche des parcours de vie - et par conséquent de l'analyse des transitions - pour comprendre comment les réseaux sociaux et les interactions sociales évoluent et répondent ou non aux changements vécus par les familles. Cette perspective permet de revisiter les représentations sociales de la famille qui influencent les décideurs politiques et d'analyser l'articulation des politiques publiques aux représentations de la famille. Un regard particulier est porté sur l'expérience des espaces sociaux et de la temporalité des familles contemporaines.

Cet ouvrage répond au besoin de développer une réflexion théorique et empirique sur les parcours de vie en langue française. Les thèmes couverts par ce collectif touches aux disciplines suivantes : administration publique, sociologie, service social, soins infirmiers, gérontologie, médecine, géographie sociale et l'anthropologie.

For more inforamtion see Laval University Press (Publisher's Website)


Global Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges, Opportunities and Implications

Edited by Susan A. McDaniel, University of Lethbridge, Canada and Zachary Zimmer, University of California at San Francisco, USA
Partially funded by the Cluster

Global Ageing in the Twenty-First Century Book CoverPopulation ageing - a growth in the proportion of a population that is in older age - is now occurring in every region and nearly every country of the world. Indeed, the growth of older populations is among the important global phenomena of the twenty-first century. 

It poses both opportunities and challenges for societies and policy makers, but these are far from uniform worldwide. Dynamic factors are at work impacting on how ageing will influence people, places and policies and there are large variations in the rate and timing of population ageing across countries, owing to differing social, health and economic circumstances and a variety of policy options from which to choose.

Given this variation in the context of global ageing as a backdrop, this edited book focuses on three overarching themes that are among the most critical to understand if societies are to age successfully in the twenty-first century and beyond: Healthy ageing and health care; the ageing workforce, retirement and the provision of pensions; shifting intergenerational relations. These three themes are cross-cut by other dimensions that are intertwined with the dynamic processes of ageing, such as immigration/emigration, contrasting policy regimes and global and national economic forces. 

This ground-breaking book will be of interest to all scholars, students and policy-makers working within this area of study.

For more inforamtion see Global Ageing in the Twenty-First Century - Ashgate