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Upland Communities : Environment, Population and Social Structure in the Alps since the Sixteenth Century - Pier Paolo Viazzo

Upland Communities

Environment, Population and Social Structure in the Alps since the Sixteenth Century

Hardcover Published: 24th February 1989
ISBN: 9780521306638
Number Of Pages: 344

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This book follows the social, economic and demographic transformations of the Alpine area from the late Middle Ages up to the present day. Its aim is to reassess the image of the upland community which emerges from the work of historians, geographers and social anthropologists. The work aims to test a number of theoretical propositions concerning the ways in which mountain populations achieved a viable balance with their resources. The book therefore deals at length with such problems as the causes and consequences of emigrations, patterns of marriage and inheritance and the relative importance of cultural and environmental factors in shaping family forms and community structures. Although founded on specific anthropological fieldwork, the work relies on the methods and conceptual tools of historical demography, and is unusual because of its utilization of anthropological and historical evidence covering the whole Alpine area.

List of illustrations
List of tables
List of abbreviations
Introduction: anthropology, historical demography and the study of mountain societies
Environment, population and social structure: the Alpine village as an ecosystem
Open systems, open questions
Anthropologists in the Alps
The changing demography of Alpine communities
The traditional economy and its demise
The causes and consequences of Alpine emigration
The wealth from the earth: mining and immigration
Population, resources and homeostatic regulation
The domestic domain
Upland communities
A summary of conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521306638
ISBN-10: 0521306639
Series: Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 24th February 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.68