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Class Differences In Marriage And Fertility Among Tokugawa Villagers In Mino Province

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Progress in historical demographic analysis of the lives of Japanese villagers in the Tokugawa period has shown that there are clear differences in their demographic behavior and indices by economic class. It is necessary, if at all possible, to investigate the demographic behavior of the villagers by class. We must investigate the extent of this discrepancy, whether it is minimal or whether it is so large as to affect the reproductive rate, quantitatively, through statistical analysis. This chapter uses family reconstitution to derive indices of marriage and birth rates from observation of class differences in six villages on the Nobi plan. The six villages which form the basis for this study are all in the province of Mino. Family reconstruction is, to begin with, a technique developed in order to measure fertility, and its greatest importance lies in the possibility of creating the crucial index measure of age-specific fertility.

Keywords: age-specific fertility; class differences; family reconstruction; Japanese Villagers; marriage; Mino province; Tokugawa period



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