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Resources and Population
A Study of the Gurungs of Nepal

Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107406865

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  • In many areas of the world destruction of natural resources and the rapid growth of populaton are among the most important problems facing individuals and governments. This book, first published in 1976, utilises the tools of social anthropology and population studies in an attempt to see some of the causes and consequences of populations growth and some of the effects of change on natural resources. It analyses a particular 'community' in the Annapurna range of the central Himalayas during this century, and investigates how the destruction of forests and the growth of settled rice cultivation have occurred, and some of the consequences. The Gurungs are famous as recruits to the Gurkha regiments of the British and Indian armies, and the demographic and economic effects of foreign mercenary labour are among the topics examined.

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    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107406865
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of figures
    Preface and acknowledgements
    Abbreviations and conventions
    Weights, measures, and conversion factors
    1. Demography and anthropology
    2. The Gurungs of Nepal
    Part I. Resources:
    3. Long-term change in the Gurung economy
    4. Forest and land resources
    5. Changes in the distribution of arable land
    6. Capital assets excluding land and forest
    7. The application of capital
    input-output data
    8. Income, consumption and expenditure
    9. Surpluses, deficits and the accumulation of capital
    Part II. Population:
    10. Population growth in Nepal
    11. Social structure and fertility I: intercourse variables
    12. Social structure and fertility II: conception and gestation variables
    13. The demographic consequences of social structure: fertility statistics
    14. Social structure and mortality
    15. The age and sex structure of the Gurung population
    16. Resources and population: some general models
    Appendices:
    1. Census schedule utilized
    2. Production and consumption units per household
    3. Growth in the number of houses in Thak and Mohoriya
    4. Population and the price of land and other goods
    5. Household and family structure among the Gurungs
    6. Marriage, inheritance and death of parents in Thak
    7. Estimates of relative wealth by three Gurungs
    Notes
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Alan MacFarlane, University of Cambridge

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