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Tempering Pronatalism: Political Discourse And The Fertility Transition Among Tibetan Exiles

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In the 1960s, anthropologist Melvyn Goldstein noticed that officials of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) were encouraging their constituents to have many children. Another anthropologist, Kylie Monro (1999), found that the idea of procreating for ethnic salvation was still present in the 1990s. However, by 1999 fertility had already dropped below replacement level. It was this apparent contradiction - low fertility in the presence of a pronatalist ideology - that originally stimulated the author's interest to study fertility and family planning among Tibetan exiles. This chapter documents the timing and magnitude of the recent fertility transition, and analyzes this phenomenon in connection with political discourse, economic realities, and changing cultural norms surrounding family life. The task of describing a normative family system among exiles is complicated by the fact that these communities have been forced to adapt to a continually changing set of demographic and economic circumstances.

Keywords: cultural norms; demographic circumstances; economic realities; family planning; fertility transition; political discourse; pronatalist ideology; Tibetan exiles



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