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Item Description Brewis, Alexandra A. en_US 2010-08-04T19:44:55Z 2010-08-04T19:44:55Z 1995 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Brewis, A. A. 1995. Fertility and Analogy in Pacific Palaeodemography. Asian Perspectives 34 (1): 1-20. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1535-8283 (E-ISSN) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0066-8435 (Print) en_US
dc.description.abstract Understanding the palaeodemography of Pacific populations is fundamental to interpreting biological and cultural transformations in pre-Contact Pacific island societies, but skeletally based reconstructions of past demography are of questionable utility. This paper argues that the use of historic and contemporary population studies, which describe the dynamic of population change in ecological context, offers a particularly rich, but often ignored, source of material for palaeodemographic inference. Reasons for this underutilization include the notion that prehistoric and historic populations on islands were essentially dissimilar in structure and mode of change, most particularly that pre-Contact populations grew and had high fertility whereas post-Contact populations collapsed and were uniquely infected with fertility-inhibiting diseases. An examination of the available case studies shows that, on the contrary, there is no such clear dynamic that describes these ethnographically situated cases, except for a tendency to recover-often effectivelyfrom population collapse. Rather, structural similarities between pre-European and historic demographies allow analogies to be drawn backwards, providing an underused means for examining the ecological and behavioral correlates and tempo of population expansion, the nature of responses to population collapse, and repertoires of internal population regulation in Pacific prehistory. KEYWORDS: palaeo demography, fertility, Pacific islands. en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 34 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Number 1 en_US
dc.subject palaeo demography en_US
dc.subject fertility en_US
dc.subject Pacific islands en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania--Antiquities--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals. en_US
dc.title Fertility and Analogy in Pacific Palaeodemography en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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