Garb, Paula, 1948-. From childhood to centenarian

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Title: From childhood to centenarian

Published By: Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1984. 182 p., [36] p. of plates: ill.

By line: Paula Garb

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Abkhazians (RI03)

Subjects: Life history materials (159); Mortality (165); Senescence (886); Status and treatment of the aged (888); Artificial kin relationships (608); Adoption (597); Infant care (854); Child care (855); Education system (871);

Abstract: During the summer of 1979 the author joined an expedition of Soviet cultural anthropologists in the mountain settlements of Abkhazia as part of a long-term joint Soviet-United States project on aging and longevity, seeking the secrets of an active life beyong the age of 90, the academics' definition of what they term a long-lived person. After a series of background interviews with centenarians about what they eat, how much they sleep, what work schedules they keep, etc., Garb asked her informants to take her back to their childhood and recount all they could remember about their long lives dating back to the nineteenth century. These individuals reminisced about life in Abkhasia during czarist rule at the time when the patriarchal feudal order was just giving way to burgeoning capitalist development. They recalled their parents, the way they were raised, their memories of early Soviet government, the formation of collective farms, World War II, and their opinions of modern Abkhasian youth.

Document Number: 6

Document ID: ri03-006

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1979-1982

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle; 2007

Coverage Date: 1864-1979

Coverage Place: Abkhazia, Georgia

LCSH: Family--Georgia (Republic)--Abkhazia/Child rearing--Georgia (Republic)--Abkhazia/Abkhazians--Social conditions/Abkhazians--Social life and customs/Centenarians--Georgia (Republic)--Abkhazia


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