Geographia Polonica (1993) vol. 61

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Some effects of demographic and socio-economic changes on the internal population structure of the city. The example of Bonn (FRG)

Franz-josef Kemper

Geographia Polonica (1993) vol. 61, pp. 143-156


The paper explores effects of societal developments during the last twodecades on urban spatial structures. On the one hand, the demographic processes ofageing and changing household forms have important consequences for thedistribution of population groups. This is shown for one-person households andone-parent households as opposed to dual-headed families with children. On theother hand, the impacts of rising unemployment and growing female employment areanalysed. Altogether, the paper discusses the influence of an increasing plurality oflife-styles and the heterogeneity of population groups on the urban populationmosaic. As a case study, the city of Bonn is selected, and the empirical data aredrawn particularly from the census of 1987.

Keywords: household structure, unemployment and social welfare benefits

Franz-josef Kemper, Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany