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Himalayan Households : Tamang Demography and Domestic Processes - Tom Fricke

Himalayan Households

Tamang Demography and Domestic Processes

Paperback Published: 21st April 1994
ISBN: 9780231100076
Number Of Pages: 243
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Throughout the Nepal Himalaya socioeconomic changes are transforming the lives of remote agro-pastoral peoples, bringing them into new relationships with once-distant elites. Himalayan Households is a comprehensive study of the cultural ecology, demography, and domestic organization of one village undergoing these changes, the Tamang community of Timling. Faced for the first time with an inability to procure most subsistence needs from their local environment, these Tamang have joined the flow of people from rural Nepal who compete for wage labor to supplement their household economies. These changes are profoundly altering internal village relationships which are organized by both marriage and an ethic of reciprocity, while simultaneously drawing Timling's people into a labor pool where they are disadvantaged because of exposure to unfamiliar experiences. Tom Fricke explores the demographic roots of these changes in the social organization of Tamang economy and the implications for this population struggling with finite resources.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introductionp. 1
Issues in the Study of a Mountain Adaptation: Toward an Anthropological Framework for Population Researchp. 7
Population Studies in Search of a Framework
An Anthropological Framework
Timling: Population and the Analysis of a Mountain Adaptation
Timling: A Mountain Village in Nepalp. 29
Timling: The Physical Setting
The Village
The Tamang House in Timling
Clans and the History of Timling
Religious Life
Administration in Timling
Age-Sex Distribution
Data and Methodsp. 53
Formal Survey Instruments and Procedures
Informal Methods
The Subsistence Economyp. 61
Ways of Working in Timling
Demographic Processes I: Fertilityp. 85
Issues in Fertility Analysis in Small Populations
The Experience of Women of Completed Fertility
Fertility Performance over Time: Measures of Period Fertility
Proximate Determinants of Fertility in Timling
Demographic Processes II: Mortality and the Tamang Life Tablep. 111
A Tamang Life Table
Transitions: The Tamang Life Course and the Household Developmental Cycle in Timlingp. 129
Talking about the Household
Individual Time: Ethnographic Notes on the Life Course
The Household Developmental Cycle in Timling
Variations in the Working of the Domestic Economyp. 157
Distribution of Wealth
Organizing Work and Exchange in Timling
Household Time and the Expansion of the Domestic Economy
Lineage Expansion: The Ghale of Ganglememe
Another Way of Getting Rich: A Damrong Family History
Households in Decline: Another Damrong Lineage
The Struggle to Break Even: Chamdi Ghale
Overview of Household Processes in Timling
Timling in a Changing World: Implications for Theoryp. 187
Timling's Adaptations: Spatial and Economic
Decision-Making, Adaptive Strategies, Adaptive Processes
Implications for Theory
Timling's Future
Epilogue: Timling and Demographic Theory Revisitedp. 201
Appendix 1: Inventory of Tamang Material Goodsp. 217
Appendix 2: Household Inventory for 30 Sample Households in Timlingp. 221
Glossaryp. 223
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780231100076
ISBN-10: 0231100078
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 243
Published: 21st April 1994
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35