Halpern, Joel M. (Joel Martin), 1929-. A Serbian village

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 The Setting

Geographical Background

Prehistory And Early History

Population Movements To The Nineteenth Century

Settlement Of Orašac

Turkish Rule In Serbia And Its Effects

Chapter 2 Serbia And Orašac In The Nineteenth Century

Village Life At The Time Of The First Revolt

The First And Second Revolts

The Establishment Of The Serbian State And Its Impact On The Peasantry

Chapter 3 Orašac Village Today

The Village, The Market Town, And The County

Population And Vital Statistics

Population Comparisons

Nationality Composition

Physical Type


Chapter 4 Making A Living

The Agricultural Population

Soil, Land, And Vegetation


Agriculture: Crops, Yields, And Holdings

Agricultural Technology

The Agricultural Cycle: Spring




Division Of Labor

Occupational Groups And Land Tenure

The Peasant And A Money Economy

Agriculture As A Source Of Cash Income

Sources Of Income Outside Private Agriculture

Chapter 5 Shelter, Clothing, And Food

Homes And House Furnishings


Household Crafts

The Orašac Diet

Chapter 6 Social Organization

Nuclear Family, Household Group, And Zadruga

Clan Groups

Clan And Neighborhood

Secondary Relationships

The Village As A Social Unit

Chapter 7 The Question Of Class

Chapter 8 Life Cycle I





Chapter 9 Life Cycle Ii

Early Married Life And Parenthood

The Passing Years

Life In Retrospect

Autobiography A

Autobiography B

Autobiography C

Autobiography D

Autobiography E

Autobiography F

Autobiography G


Chapter 10 Religion, Holidays, And Folk Beliefs

The Feast Day Of The Patron Saint

Easter, The Principal Church Holiday

Some Beliefs And Customs

The Christmas Season

Chapter Ii Government And The Village

The Second World War And The Emergence Of The Federated People’s Republic Of Yugoslavia

The School In Orašac

Government Agricultural Policies

A United Nations Project In Community Development

Government-sponsored Improvements

Other Government Organizations In The Village

Chapter 12 The Orašac Villager And The World Outside

Neighboring Villages And The Market Town

Šumadija And Serbia

The Rest Of Yugoslavia

Orašac And The World Beyond Yugoslavia

Chapter 13 Orašac And Twelve Years Of Change 1955—1966

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Title: A Serbian village

Published By: New York: Harper & Row, 1967. xxvi, 358 p.: ill., maps

By line: by Joel M. Halpern. Illus. by Barbara Kerewsky Halpern

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1997. Computer File

Culture: Serbs (EF06)

Subjects: History and culture change (170); Sociocultural trends (178); Tillage (241); Classes (565); Household (592); Extended families (596);

Abstract: This work is a general study of the community of Orasac in the heart of traditional Old Serbia. Ethnographic coverage in this document is best on economic life, socio-political organization, the life cycle, the role and world view of Serbian peasants, and social change in Orasac and Serbia during the last one hundred years (circa the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries). The original field work of the author was further supplemented by an additional year and a half which he spent in Yugoslavia and Orasac during 1961-1962 and the summers of 1964 and 1966.

Document Number: 25

Document ID: ef06-025

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: A condensed version of the author's doctoral dissertation published in 1956 under title: Social and cultural change in a Serbian village. Includes bibliographical references (p. 343-348)

Field Date: 1953-1954, 1961-1966

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle

Coverage Date: Mid-nineteenth - Mid-twentieth centuries

Coverage Place: Orasac Village, Serbia and Montenegro

LCSH: Serbs


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