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A fantastic interactive map with population charts that show the massive explosion in urbanization since 1950 until the present.
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The Latinization of Southern Space and Place project investigates how the myriad discourses of migration and globalization have become manifest graphically across social spaces and street graphics in the contemporary American South.
As local demographics change, so does the cultural landscape and--as evidenced by Alabama writing the toughest anti-immigration law in the U.S.--the political landscape.
This video is a powerful way to show global patterns of development, culture and economic as well as population. For more produced my National Geographic about population, visit: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/7-billion This was created to coincide with the arrival of the world's 7 billionth person on October 31, 2011.
Country comparisons using graphs, maps. Huge database of world statistics. Reference site contains country statistics, maps, flags, graphs and pie charts.
This is excellent for national side-by-side comparisons with a whole host of thematic datasets to choose from. This easy portal can demystify the idea of producing a data-driven paper or project.
With the world’s population nearing 7 billion, India warns of a “demographic disaster” if it cannot provide jobs and services for its young people.
Global population analysis and local impacts complete with population pyramids.
As European, Chinese and American women have fewer children, is the global economy endangered? Or is this easing the burden on a crowded planet?
This links you to articles by 7 different scholars about the economic, environmental, cultural and demographic impacts that lowering birth rates and fertility rates are having on more developed countries. This is an excellent way to get students to evaluate diverse academic positions and start forming their own (more informed) opinions.
International Data Base (IDB) Information Gateway Search form for locating data on Countries and Regions from 1950 to 2050...
Tired of looking for pre-made population pyramids and need a specific country? This site will allow you to simply select the country and the year to generate your own custom population pyramids.
Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world’s largest human migration.
The cultural importance to New Year's and the massive migratory shift is an incredible topic worth looking at. The full video is online only until Oct 27th.
This happens every spring. Most people don't even get to visit their family, but they risk their lives in the chaos of the world's largest human migration to spend Chiniese new year with them. Life is pointless of they can't spend new years with thier family. They are just trying to help out their family by getting a "decent" paying job. And the most important time in China they don't even get to spend with their families. ~Jessica
Interactive Visualization of the Population Pyramids of the World from 1950 to 2050...
Need population pyramids? This is a site with good global and national population pyramids with good temporal data as well to show changes in the population (good for explaining the demographic transition model).
Since the average American woman has 2.1 children, you might think we aren't experiencing a national fertility crisis.
This article effectively conveys the global trend of lower fertility rates coinciding with higher rates of female education, wealth and development. As a bonus, it shows that within a given country, fertility rates are not uniform, but vary between demographic classes.
Official U.S. census population clocks for both the United States and the World. 6.9 billion and still ticking....
An upcoming summit in Huntingburg, Ind.will bring together rural community leaders to tackle the issue of 'brain drain.'...
This issue of brain drain is not only one that impacts less developed countries, but it is also visible in rural parts of the developed world on a smaller scale. Fundamentally, it is a geographic issue as the economics, job opportunities and cultural amenities impact the demographic profile of places.
Over 10 lesson plans for teaching demographics, migration, the demographic transition and more. Included is a teaching packet, "making population real" specifically for the AP curriculum produced by the venerable Martha Sharma.
ONEONTA, Ala. -- Potato farmer Keith Smith saw most of his immigrant workers leave after Alabama's tough immigration law took effect, so he hired Americans.
Geography is all about the interconnected of themes and places. This issue in Alabama is displaying these interconnections quite vividly. Economics, immigration, culture, politics and agriculture are intensely intertwined in this issue.
The United Nations says today symbolically marks the moment when the world's population reaches 7 billion. A little more than two centuries ago, the global population was 1 billion. How did it grow so big so fast?
This is an excellent way to visualize population data and explain the ideas that are foundational for the Demographic Transition Model.
State comparisons using graphs, maps. Huge database of US statistics. Reference site contains states statistics, maps, flags, graphs and pie charts.
Here is some great comparative data at the state level for the United States. There are numerous thematic categories from which to choose.
The world's population is due to hit 7bn this October.
If today the world's population is (almost!) 7 billion, what was the population when you were born? How much has the world's population changed in your lifetime? This interactive link shows the acceleration of growth powerfully (disclaimer: the dataset only works on dates after 1951--hint: if it was before 1952, world population was smaller than 2.5 billion).
She's a 40-year-old mother of eight, with a ninth child due soon. The family homestead in a Burundi village is too small to provide enough food, and three of the children have quit school for lack of money to pay required fees.
Here are some more perspectives on demographics, climbing population totals and the consequences and realities of these numbers.
One out of four Swedes are immigrants or have a parent with an immigrant background.
Demographic shifts leading to political and cultural tensions. Europe, which historically has been a source of migrants, is relatively new to be a destination for migrants and that has heightened some of the conflicts.
This is an interesting video where second generation immigrants help one another by sharing their problems and aspirations with each other. Immigrants started out as visiting immigrants working in factories. Later in time, they stayed and started families. These successive second and third generations now are culturally challenged. They have started their own support groups to help one another with the challenges and tensions they face within Sweden that is now their home.
American, UK, London, Czechoslavakia, Slovakia and other countries have been experiencing these problems for a long time. Decreased jobs, increased government aid, mixed cultures, affordable housing and housing shortages, changing community, cultural, religious and economic populations are some of the major problems people face and creates much tension.
They maintain their own cultural identity while melting into a mixed society with rising tensions within the population amidst job competition in a changing economy.
Cultures tend to segregate themselves to maintain autonomy within this environment and to develop a support system within their group to cope.
They see themselves as people who are from generations who moved to attain a better way of life, away from political, religious and economic turmoil. As successive generations follow, they continue to form their own identities and try to 'gel' or fit into their perspective communities as a whole.
The Swedish identity is much different than the American identity. America is constantly being referred to and referring to itself as a melting pot; therefore, it is easier for non-whites to feel "American." I was very surprised to learn that 25% of Swedes have immigrant backgrounds.
Sweden is currently one of the most prosperous countries in the world. Being so close and accessible to many neighboring European countries makes it that much more appealing and even easier for people to travel there. The birth rates have slowed in recent years, meaning people of working age are slowly decreasing; less workers and less jobs can lower the economy. After the conflicts in Syria, Sweden has even volunteered to house refugees to start new and in turn can help put the demographic shift on the upswing. With such an inviting atmosphere in the Scandinavian region, it's no wonder why there are so many citizens with immigrant backgrounds.
This is a simple, yet incredibly powerful graphic that helps to show the changing nature of population structure as a country moved to a different stage in the demographic transition (the link takes you to the animated version).
TED Talks The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years -- and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth.
TED talks are great resources, and this one about global population growth, is a great link with Hans Roslings trademark data visualizations that simplifiy complex data and 'tell the story,' but this time using far more common visual aids.
In a converted apartment building in Chinatown, five adults and seven children blend traditional values and rituals with modern roles and responsibilities.
This article from the New York Times by Sarah Kramer leads to many cultural question worth exploring. How does migration impact the culture of families? How is culture maintained and reproduced? Why is maintaining cultural connection so vital to these families?
"The WomanStats Project is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world. The Project facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states. We comb the extant literature and conduct expert interviews to find qualitative and quantitative information on over 310 indicators of women's status in 174 countries. Our Database expands daily, and access to it is free of charge."
With assistance from the Geography Dept. at Brigham Young University, the WomanStats Project provides important data and maps regarding issues of gender, access and equity with a spatial perspective.
Richard Jackson talked about the economic, social, geopolitical, and demographic implications of the aging of the U.S. population, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Dr.
This video highlights the effects of the later stages of the demographic transition on economics, politics and cultural institutions on the most developed countries in the world.
In several previous posts we have looked at specific migration channels connecting Mexico to the USA: From Morelos to Minnesota; case study of a migrant...
An excellent way to show examples of chain migration and the gravity model...students will understand the concepts with concretes examples. These interactive maps have crisp geo-visualizations of the migratory flows.
This map shows some of the flows of migration out of Mexico into the US