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CHILDREN AND CHANGE IN A SERBIAN VILLAGE, 1870-1975 (FERTILITY, DEMOGRAPHY)


1984 1984

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Abstract (summary)

The study uses a century of change in Orasac, Yugoslavia to examine the role of fertility in socio-economic change. The theoretical significance of the research is that it attempts to cope with the disparity between expectation as exemplified by the demographic transition and economic determinant models with the observed variability within patterns of social change. An approach to fertility is advanced which incorporates a sensitivity to traditional values regarding children and their role in change with economic concepts. It further argues that traditional values about the family are not necessarily antithetical to or incompatible with economic modernization. The conceptual framework employs a four-tier analytical hierarchy composed of the individual, household, lineage, and community with subsequent comparisons to regional and national trends. A primary consideration is given to modifying and operationalizing Caldwell's ideas about the economic importance of children, social values related to economic production, and wealth flow in determining fertility levels. Study results are used to assess the adequacy of theoretical generalizations about fertility and their relationship to social and economic change. Conclusions are advanced about intracommunity variation over time and the importance of different social levels in understanding change.

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Subject
Cultural anthropology
Classification
0326: Cultural anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
CHILDREN AND CHANGE IN A SERBIAN VILLAGE, 1870-1975 (FERTILITY, DEMOGRAPHY)
Author
WAGNER, RICHARD A.
Number of pages
250
Publication year
1984
Degree date
1984
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 45/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
8500146
ProQuest document ID
303309623
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/303309623
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