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Author Joseph, Suzanne E

Title Fertile bonds : Bedouin class, kinship, and gender in the Bekaa Valley / Suzanne E. Joseph
Published Gainesville : University Press of Florida, [2013]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Note on transliteration -- Introduction and overview -- Nomadic lives in transition -- (Un)stratified reproduction : class, tribe, and culture -- Gender myths and demographic realities -- Marriage between kin -- Population and poverty : a capitalist trap? -- Class differentiation of demographic regimes -- Demography on the nomadic periphery -- Conclusions
Summary A portrait of a group of Bedouins in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, a population with the highest fertility rate in the world. Many married couples in this pastoral community are close relatives - a socially advantageous practice that reflects the deep value Bedouins place on kinship. To outsiders, such family norms can seem disturbing, even premodern. They attract assumptions of Arab "backwardness," poverty, and sexism. Astoundingly, however, this book flips these stereotypes. The author, an anthropological demographer, shows that in this particular group, prolific birth rates coincide with moderate death rates and high levels of nutrition. Despite differences in gender, class, and occupation, members of Bekaa Bedouin society rely heavily on kinship ties, sharing, and reciprocity, and experience a high degree of social and demographic equality
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Bedouins -- Lebanon -- Biqāʿ Valley
Families -- Lebanon -- Biqāʿ Valley
Fertility, Human -- Lebanon -- Biqāʿ Valley
Sex role -- Lebanon -- Biqāʿ Valley
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Demography.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- General.
Fertility, Human
Manners and customs
Sex role
Biqāʿ Valley (Lebanon) -- Social life and customs
Lebanon -- Biqāʻ Valley
al- Bika
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013007074
ISBN 9780813048482