Stirling, Arthur Paul. Turkish village

Table of Contents

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Chapter One Turkey


The Ottoman Empire

Republic And Reform


Chapter Two The Setting

Kayseri And The Two Villages

Village Houses

Village History

Education And Urbanity


Chapter Three Villages And Households

A Summary Of The Social Structure

Village Solidarity

Village Organisation

Other Villages

Household Types And Numbers

Chapter Four The Village Economy

Land Use

Agricultural Work

Land Tenure

Land Holdings

Share-cropping And Renting

Labour And Services


Retail Trade

Migrant Labour

Village Enterprises


The State

The Economic System

Chapter Five The Household Economy

Household Resources

Income And Outgo


The Economic Organisation Of Households

Chapter Six Household And Family Structure


Men In The Household

Relations Among Women

Household Structure

Chapter Seven The Domestic Cycle

The Transmission Of Rights And Duties

Inheritance: Sons And Widows

Inheritance: Daughters

Household Fission

The Cycle Of Wealth

The First Model: Land In Plenty

The Second Model: Land Shortage

Some Cases


Chapter Eight Kinship

Kinship Rôles


Rights And Duties Of Agnates

The Lineages

Effective Lineages

Sakaltutan Lineages

Elbaşı Lineages

Defence And Prestige


Mother's Close Kin



Inter-village Kinship

Chapter Nine Marriage

Ceremony And Custom

Bride Price

The Choice Of A Bride

Pre-marital Sex And Elopement

Remarriage And Polygamy

The Range Of Marriage: Kinship

The Range Of Marriage: Distance

The Range Of Marriage: Social Rank

Law And Sanctions In Marriage


The Definition And Measurement Of Divorce

Cases And Causes Of Divorce

Chapter Ten Rank


Three Scales


Position In Household And Lineage

The Scale Of Wealth

Skill And Occupation

Religious Rank

Morality And Honour

The Overall Scale

Chapter Eleven Groups, Feuds And Power


Guest Rooms

Guest Room And Gossip Groups



The Headman

Leaders In Sakaltutan

Factions In Elbaşı



Chapter Twelve The Village And The World

The Urban-rural Divorce

The Government In The Village

Peace, Tax And Conscription

The Law


Government Services

The Political Parties

Urban And Rural Social Rank

Villagers And Townsmen

The Foreshortening Of The Outside World

Pressures And Change

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Title: Turkish village

Published By: London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1965. xiv, 316 p.: ill., maps

By line: Paul Stirling

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Turks (MB01)

Subjects: Culture summary (105); Income and demand (434); Internal trade (438); Status, role, and prestige (554); (58); Household (592);

Abstract: The aim of the author's field work was to study an orthodox Muslim, Turkish-speaking village of modest size intensively and another village in less detail. He thus spent 10 months in the village of Sakaltutan (1949-1950) and 6 months in Elbasi (1951 and 1952), both near the town of Kayseri on the Anatolian Plateau. The resulting study focuses on socio-political and economic structure and organization. Detailed information is given on the family and household, justice, and interpersonal relations.

Document Number: 7

Document ID: mb01-007

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1949-1952

Evaluation: Social Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Joan Steffens ; 1966-1967 ; Ian Skoggard; 2012

Coverage Date: 1935

Coverage Place: Kayseri Province, central Turkey

LCSH: Villages--Turkey//Turkey--Rural conditions


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