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Petersen, William

Works: 38 works in 425 publications in 4 languages and 10,192 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Dictionaries  Case studies  Biography‡vDictionaries  Drama  Western films  Film sequels  Comedy films  Film adaptations  Steampunk films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Actor, Other, Performer
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Most widely held works by William Petersen
Population by William Petersen( Book )

109 editions published between 1900 and 1975 in 3 languages and held by 2,448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Malthus by William Petersen( Book )

50 editions published between 1979 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834), one of the most influential of modern thinkers, is also one of the most misunderstood. Malthus' Essay on Population is a work that everyone cites but typically without having read it. This book offers a comprehensive and accurate exposition of his thought, integrating his better-known theory on population with his somewhat neglected analysis of economic development and social structure. In Petersen's Malthus both the general reader and the social scientist are given a basis for contrasting Malthus with competing theories. As a background to his exposition, Petersen discusses the trends since Malthus' day in fertility, mortality, and population growth. The book also has an accessible comparison of Malthus' economics with that of his contemporary, David Ricardo, as well as the links to the Keynesian thought of recent time. Petersen also comments on Malthus' stand on birth control, as well as on the rise of the neo-Malthusian movement and its successor in today's less developed countries. The review of both population trends and demographic theory over the past century and a half gives the reader a base from which he can judge in what respects Malthus did, or did not, forecast the future accurately. As Petersen points out, Malthus also influenced the evolutionary theory of Charles Darwin, as well as its offshoot, Social Darwinism. Malthus is an essential work not only for demographers and economists but for anyone interested in intellectual history. The late Robert Nisbet, in his review of the book for the New Republic, called it the best exposition of Malthus to be found anywhere
Dictionary of demography by William Petersen( Book )

53 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American social patterns; studies of race relations, popular heroes, voting, union democracy, and government bureaucracy by William Petersen( Book )

14 editions published in 1956 in English and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japanese Americans; oppression and success by William Petersen( Book )

9 editions published between 1971 and 1981 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is less a study of Japanese Americans per se than an analysis of the puzzle that they present to theorists of ethnic relations. What made them different? What gave them the strength to thrive on adversity? How must our theories of intergroup relations be amended to take account of this deviant case? After an introductory chapter, the exposition is in three parts--Oppression (Chapters 2-4), Success (Chapters 5 and 6), and Explanations (Chapters 7-10). It begins with the migrations to Hawaii and mainland United States and recounts the discriminations, sometimes basic or violent and sometimes petty, to which the immigrants were subjected. Rejected by their country of permanent residence and prevented from escaping altogether from their homeland's supervision most Issei nevertheless chose to ally themselves with America, which for their sons would be the land of promise it never was for them. How difficult this choice was no outsider can ever know, nor how empty the promise became in the spring of 1942. The following two chapters give evidence of various kinds demonstrating, respectively, the postwar progress of the Japanese and their low incidence of virtually every type of social pathology. In the concluding four chapters an effort is made to resolve the anomaly. (Author/JM)
The realities of world communism by William Petersen( Book )

24 editions published between 1963 and 1973 in English and Spanish and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyses of Marxism, Soviet society, and Communism in various areas of the world
Social controversy by William Petersen( Book )

9 editions published between 1963 and 1966 in English and Undetermined and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings in population by William Petersen( Book )

13 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethnicity counts by William Petersen( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Official statistics about ethnicity in advanced societies are no better than those in less developed countries. An open industrial society is inherently fluid, and it is as hard to interpret social class and ethnic groups there as in a nearly static community. In consequence, the collection and interpretation of ethnic statistics is frequently a battleground where the groups being counted contest each element of every enumeration.William Petersen describes how ethnic identity is determined and how ethnic or racial units are counted by official statistical agencies in the United States and elsewhere. The chapters in this book cover such topics as: "Identification of Americans of European Descent," "Differentiation among Blacks," "Ethnic Relations in the Netherlands," "Two Case Studies: Japan and Switzerland," and "Who is a Jew?"Petersen argues that the general public is overly impressed by assertions about ethnicity, particularly if they are supported by numbers and graphs. The flood of American writings about race and ethnicity gives no sign of abatement. Ethnicity Counts offers an indispensible background to meaningful interpretation of statistics on ethnicity, and will be important to sociologists, historians, policymakers, and government officials."--Provided by publisher
Concepts of ethnicity by William Petersen( Book )

7 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

University adult education: a guide to policy by Renee Petersen( Book )

9 editions published in 1960 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From birth to death : a consumer's guide to population studies by William Petersen( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A principal topic of this book is the relative accuracy of population statistics and the degree to which one should accept data as published. The main focus is on the United States and especially on the Bureau of the Census, but general points are sometimes illustrated with examples of how data from other countries should be evaluated. Not only demographers and statisticians but also anyone interested in public policy and its statistical underpinning will find this work both interesting and useful."--Jacket
From persons to people : further studies in the politics of population by William Petersen( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Problems associated with aggregation and classification are the underlying theme of this book. When data assembled from individuals are presented as group characteristics, this process has logical complications. Racial profiling and ethnic discrimination are obvious examples of the problem. Petersen's book analyzes in general how information from "persons" turns into statistics about specific "people."" "Demographers, sociologists, and statisticians, as well as those generally concerned with social policy, will find From Persons to People useful and courageous - the hallmark of the dean of sociological demography."--Jacket
Planned migration, the social determinants of the Dutch-Canadian movement by William Petersen( Book )

12 editions published in 1955 in English and Undetermined and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some factors influencing postwar emigration from the Netherlands by William Petersen( Book )

13 editions published between 1951 and 1962 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Mr Petersen points out in this study, since the war there has been a very strong belief in the Netherlands that emigration is necessary. Even those who never before occupied themselves with these matters now speak of the large natural increase, the overpopulation, and the lack of opportunities in the Netherlands. Thousands are considering the possibility of leaving their home land and creating a new existence for themselves overseas. It is a mistake to suppose, however, that these ideas stem from the special demographic and economic conditions that arose in the Netherlands since the war; the opposite is the case. From this point of view, there has never been less reason for emigrating during the past decades than in these postwar years. As far as the demographic situation is concerned, by 1930 the natural increase had decreased markedly as compared with the preceding decades, so that the number of young persons entering the labor market after the war has been relatively small. On the other hand, there have been more openings in industry and in other sectors of the economy than ever before, so that unemploy ment pretty much disappeared. Only in 1951 did it again become at all significant
The Background to ethnic conflict( Book )

8 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Against the stream : reflections of an unconventional demographer by William Petersen( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This latest work by a distinguished demographer is a compact volume, a compendium of thought written in a nontechnical manner and about various subjects that will both interest the general reader and offer a different perspective of their disciplines to demographers and sociologists."--Jacket
Flyovers by Jeffrey Sweet( )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A high school reunion triggers cultural hostilities between a bully and the man he once victimized."--Leaf A. Theatre Works, Audio Theatre Collection
4 film favorites( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young guns II: The fictional story of Billy the Kid's race to safety in Mexico while being trailed by a group of government agents led by Pat Garrett
The actor retires by Bruce Norris( )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Playwright and actor Bruce Norris of Steppenwolf Theatre Company fame presents a hilarious comedy in which an actor decides to end his career, burn his head shots and resumés, and become a serious furniture maker."--Leaf A. Theatre Works, Audio Theatre Collection
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