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

Part of Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034166

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  • This book follows the social, economic and demographic transformations of the Alpine area from the late Middle Ages. Its aim is to reassess the image of the upland community which emerges from the work of historians, geographers and social anthropologists. The book therefore deals at length with such problems as the causes and consequences of emigration and patterns of marriage and inheritance in favouring or hampering the adjustments of local populations to changing economic or ecological circumstances, and tackles the vexed question of the relative importance of cultural and environmental factors in shaping family forms and community structures. Although its foundation lies in a long period of anthropological fieldwork conducted in an Alpine community, Upland Communities relies on the methods and conceptual tools of historical demography. Combined with a long-term historical perspective, its broad comparative approach unveils an unexpected diversity in regional and spatial demographic patterns and questions a number of deep-rooted but ultimately misleading notions concerning mountain society and its alleged backwardness in the past.

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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034166
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.522kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of tables
    List of abbreviations
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: anthropology, historical demography and the study of mountain societies
    1. Environment, population and social structure: the Alpine village as an ecosystem
    2. Open systems, open questions
    3. Anthropologists in the Alps
    4. The changing demography of Alpine communities
    5. The traditional economy and its demise
    6. The causes and consequences of Alpine emigration
    7. The wealth from the earth: mining and immigration
    8. Population, resources and homeostatic regulation
    9. The domestic domain
    10. Upland communities
    A summary of conclusions
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Pier Paolo Viazzo

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