An important part of sociology and the other social sciences because all persisting social aggregates— societies, states, communities, racial or ethnic groups, professions, formal organizations, kinship groups, and so on—are also populations.
The size of the population, its growth or decline, the location and spatial movement of its people, and their changing characteristics are important features of an aggregate whether one sees it as a culture, an economy, a polity, or a society.
Institutionally, demography is usually considered a field of sociology.
Demographic analysis can be applied to whole societies or to groups defined by criteria such as education, nationality, religion and ethnicity.
POPULATION SIZE TERRITORIAL DISTRIBUTION POPULATION COMPOSITION
Each part has a somewhat separate literature, tradition, method, and body of substantive theory.
Each of these parts—size, territorial distribution, and composition—is a major arena in which the relationships between demographic change and social change are investigated by social scientist-demographers.