Articles | Volume 77, issue 2
Geogr. Helv., 77, 255–262, 2022

Special issue: (Re)Thinking population geography

Geogr. Helv., 77, 255–262, 2022
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01 Jun 2022
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Family and space – an interpretive perspective on two central concepts in population geography

Giulia Montanari and Tino Schlinzig

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Short summary
Population geography presents a strong conceptual orientation on demography, a discipline which relies mainly on quantitative studies. Many of the concepts used in this field seem to have only very limited value for understanding ongoing processes of societal changes. Under the umbrella of family studies conceptual and methodical approaches are to be found that help reconsider established assumptions related to the term population, such as the notion of family.