Who is Kingsley Davis?June 25, 2021
Kingsley Davis was an American sociologist and thinker who lived from August 20, 1908 to February 27, 1997. Kingsley Davis is a demographer who is also particularly famous for the terms population explosion and zero population growth.
His specific studies of American society led him to scholarly studies of world society as a whole, based on empirical analysis of each society in its environment.
Kingsley Davis completed his undergraduate education at the University of Texas and received his master’s and doctorate degrees from Harvard University. He began his academic career in sociology at Smith College (1934-36), then became an assistant professor at Clark University (1936-37).
Davis, who was an associate professor at Pennsylvania State University, later served as department chair at the same university (1937–42). He completed his first and most important work, “Human Society” (1949), until he became an associate professor of anthropology and sociology at Princeton University. The publication of this work paved the way for him to teach at Columbia University’s Office of Applied Social Research (1949–55).
Davis’ expertise in demography became a major resource in this field, as an important analytical tool in his “World Population in Transition” (1945).
After leaving Columbia, Kingsley Davis taught at the University of California, Berkeley (1955-77), where he was professor of sociology and comparative studies from 1971 to 1977. He began working as a professor of sociology at the University of Southern California in 1977.
Davis led a social science team that traveled to 10 countries in Africa, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation, and led studies of societies in India, Europe, and Latin America. As a result of these studies, the following works emerged:
The Population of India and Pakistan (1951),
A Crowding Yarisphere: Population Change in the Americas (1958),
World Urbanization 1950–70, 2 vols. (1969–72)
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer Yıldırım