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Fertile BondsBedouin Class, Kinship, and Gender in the Bekaa Valley$
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Suzanne E. Joseph

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044613

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044613.001.0001

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Nomadic Lives in Transition

Nomadic Lives in Transition

(p.23) 2 Nomadic Lives in Transition
Fertile Bonds

Suzanne E. Joseph

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the historical transition from traditional mobile pastoralism to a more sedentary agrarian lifestyle among the Bedouin. Microhistorical estimates of Bedouin fertility link recent fertility decline to the modernization and proletarianization of the Bedouin economy. Parallels are made to demographic transition in the Arab world. Lastly, the chapter juxtaposes economic and demographic transformations in Bedouin communities against political economic and demographic developments in the Bekaa region and Lebanon overall.

Keywords:   proletarianization, peasantization, tribal nomadism, the decline of agriculture, historical estimates of Bedouin fertility, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, Syria

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