Definitions of Population
- (noun) The total number of individuals or objects from which a sample is taken for study.
- (noun) The people living in a given area such as a city or country.
- American English – /pahp-yuh-lAY-shuhn/
- British English – /pop-yu-lAY-shuhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˌpɑpjəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
- British English – /ˌpɒpjᵿˈleɪʃn/
- Plural: populations
- “Today scholars are beginning to realize that ‘race‘ is nothing more and nothing less than a social invention. It has nothing to do with the intrinsic, or potential, qualities of the physically differing populations, but much to do with the allocation of power, privilege, and wealth among them” (Smedley 1998:698–99).
- Qualitative Research Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Quantitative Research Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “population” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- population composition
- population pyramid
- zero population growth
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Cite the Definition of Population
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “population.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/population/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
population. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/population/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “population.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/population/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“population.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/population/>.