Canada is unique among Western nations in possessing population
information dating back almost 400 years. Drawing on this rich
background, the book offers a social and institutional account of the
evolution of demography in Canada focusing on the period from 1913 to
1995, as the discipline unfolded against the changing cultural, social,
and political scene.
Augmenting published and unpublished sources with information culled
from personalized questionnaires sent to key scholars and
practitioners, Sylvia Wargon describes and interprets the development
of the field. She provides important background information about the
origins and history of demography in Europe and Canada from the
seventeenth to the nineteenth century, and explains the gradual
development and institutionalization of demography in the French- and
English-speaking regions of Canada. Important milestones are discussed
in the context of their social environment. Based on French- and
English-language sources, Demography in Canada in the Twentieth
Century is the first and only comprehensive treatment of the
subject to date.
Sylvia T. Wargon is retired from Statistics Canada, where she worked for more than three decades. Her publication areas include demography, sociology, and the history of science.
Figures and Tables Acknowledgments Acronyms Introduction 1. Summary of Demography in Europe and Canada, 1600-2000 2. Population Statistics and Demographic Research in Canada, 1900-50 3. Outside the Universities in French- and English-Speaking Canada, 1950-70 4. Universities in French- and English-Speaking Canada, 1950-70 5. The Bureau from 1970: Data, Research, and Related Activities 6. Universities in French- and English-Speaking Canada from 1970 7. Outside the Bureau and the Universities from 1970 8. Demography in Canada in the Twentieth Century Appendices A. Respondents B. Notes on "Race" in Canadian Census Statistics: Historical, Conceptual, and Political Dimensions C. Census and Other Monographs D. Demolinguistics: Origin, Use, and Definition in Canada Notes References Index