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Population And Households Dynamics: A Mountainous District In Northern Japan In The Shūmon Aratame Chō Of Aizu, 1750–1850

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This chapter clarifies the characteristics of the population and stem family households in the Aizu mountainous district located in northeastern Japan using as the historical source material, Shūmon Aratame Chō. It considers indices useful for further comparative research between the European stem family system, particularly in the French Pyrenees, and the Japanese family system. The chapter clarifies the relationships between elements of a family based on the composition of the household as well as household cycles. Through observation of heirship succession, it clarifies the ideals that integrate family structure. Accordingly, the chapter presents information on the cycles of household composition and on the succession of household heads and heirs as analytical indices of the family system. It also clarifies the ways in which demographic factors affected the thought process of these people. The chapter uses Shūmon Aratame Chō (SAC) from the Aizu mountainous district as primary source.

Keywords: Aizu mountainous district; European stem family system; French Pyrenees; heirship succession; household cycles; Japanese family system; population; Shūmon Aratame Chō



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