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  1. Rosling’s video and readings
  2. Rosling’s video and readings

provides a useful insight into the social, economic, demography and population developments for over the last fifty years around the world. It shows how various development indicators have evolved over time to create a whole dimension to the world’s economy and demographic characteristics. Using this video, some predictions can be made concerning the composition of the world in 50 years. Over the last fifty years, the world population increased by four billion people (Rosling, para 3). This implies that in the next fifty years, the world’s population will go up by nearly the same number. However, the number of people who will be added to the world will be slightly lower than four billion people. This is because of some of the reasons that relate to characteristics of improved economies particularly in the developing countries. Over the last fifty years, the access to family planning methods in developing countries was limited. This has however changed over the years as the livelihoods in these economies improve; people have increased to family planning methods, as well as have adopted to the characteristics of developed societies such as reduced family sizes (Rosling, para 8).

It is predicted that the population will have increased in the next fifty years by close to four billion people, and that the composition of the population will be more of adults and the elderly. Also, people of different races will be spread across the world. In regard to gender, the world population will have more women than men.  The growth of world’s population over the last fifty years could be explained using the world system theory, which holds that the social system is interdependent of each other and is bound by distinct rules (Dyson, p. 31). The modern world system is more interdependent with each other as a result of globalization. However, the rules governing the relations between various components of the world system is more relaxed as people and institutions are more connected through technology. This has an implication on demography and population of the world. Globalization has reduced physical barriers to people interactions and movements (Dyson, p. 38). Therefore, in the future people of different races will be found in various parts of the world; their children will be of mixed race as well

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