Papers on Tibetan Marriage/Polyandry, Demography, Fertility, Aging, and Family Planning

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Bhatia, Shushum; Dranyi, Tsegyal; and Rowley, Derrick

  • A Social and Demographic Study of Tibetan Refugees in India.
    [Social Science & Medicine. Volume 54, 2002: pp411-422]

Childs, Geoff

  • Tibetan Fertility Transitions: Comparisons With Europe, China, and India.
    [JIATS, no 4 (December 2008), THL #T5556, 21 pp]
  • A Preliminary Bibliography of Tibetan Demography [Manuscript]
  • Demographic Analysis of Small Populations Using the Own-Children Method.
    [Field Methods, Vol. 16, No. 4, November 2004 379–395]
  • Methods, Meanings, and Representations in the Study of Past Tibetan Societies.
    [Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies, no. 1 (October 2005): 1-11]
  • Demographic Dimensions of an Intervillage Land Dispute in Nubri, Nepal. [American Anthropologist. 103(4):1096-1113. 2001.]
  • Namas and Nyelus: Marriage, Fertility, and Illegitimacy in Tibetan Societies. [Tibetan Borderlands. PIATS 2003.]

Childs, Geoff & Barkin, Gareth

  • Using Images to Promote Pronatalism and Sexual Endogamy Among Tibetan Exiles in South Asia.
    [Visual Anthropology Review, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 34-52. 2006.]

Childs, Geoff; Goldstein, Melvyn C.;  and Wangdui, Puchung

  • Balancing People, Policies, and Resources in Rural Tibet.
    [In Eduardo S. Brondizio and Emilio F. Moran, eds, Human-Environment Interactions: Current and Future Directions. Springer Publishers 2012]

Childs, Geoff; Goldstein, Melvyn C.; Wangdui, Puchung; and Choedup, Namgyal

  • What Constitutes “Successful Aging” in a Tibetan Context?
    [In Aging Across Cultures: Growing Old in Non-Western Cultures, ed. Helaine Selin. New York: Springer Publishing Company 2021]

Childs, Geoff; Goldstein, Melvyn; Jiao, Ben; and Beall, Cynthia M.

  • Tibetan Fertility Transitions in China and South Asia.
    [Population and Development Review 31(2): 337–349 (June 2005)]

Craig, Sienna

  • "Not Found in Tibetan Society": Culture, Childbirth, and a Politics of Life on the Roof of the World"
    [Himalaya. XXX(1-2). 101-115, 2010.]

Craig, Sienna; Childs, Geoff; and Beall, Cynthia M.

  • "Closing the Womb Door: Contraception Use and Fertility Transition Among Culturally Tibetan Women in Highland Nepal"  [Matern Child Health J. 2016 May 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Fischer, Andrew

  • Population Invasion versus Urban Exclusion in the Tibetan Areas of Western China.
    [Population and Development Review, 34, no. 4, December 2008: 631-662]

Freeberne, Michael

  • Changing Population Characteristics in Tibet, 1959 to 1965.
    [Population Studies, 19(3): 317-320. March 1966]

Goldstein, Melvyn C.

 see also: Cynthia M. Beall & Melvyn C. Goldstein

Goldstein, Melvyn C.; Jiao, Ben (Benjue); Beall, Cynthia M.; and Tsering, Phuntsog

Goldstein, Melvyn C. & Beall, Cynthia M.

Goldstein, Melvyn C.; Childs, Geoff; and Wangdui, Puchung

Goldstein, Melvyn C.; Childs, Geoff; Wangdui, Puchung; and Beall, Cynthia M.

Hao, Yan

  • Tibetan Population in China: Myths and Facts Re-examined.
    [Asian Ethnicity Vol. 1 N.1: 11-36, March 2000]

Jiao, Ben (Benjue)

  • Polyandrous Marital Status in Rural Tibet
    [Beijing: China Tibetology Publishing House, 2014]

Jue, Ben (Ben Jiao). (Translated from the English [dissertation] by Wang Xuhui)

  • Taiyang xia de rizi: Xizang nongqu dianxing hunyin de renleixue yanjiu. Zhongguo zangxue chubanshe. (Life under the Sun: Anthropological Research on the typical marital type of a Tibetan agricultural district.)
    [China-Tibet Studies Publishing House, 2012]

Levine, Nancy E. & Joan Silk

  • Why Polyandry Fails: Sources of Instability in Polyandrous Marriages.
    [Current Anthropology, Vol. 38, No. 3. (Jun., 1997), pp. 375-398.]

Levine, Nancy E.

  • Differential Child Care in Three Tibetan Communities: Beyond Son Preference.
    [Population and Development Review Vol. 13 N.2: 281-305, 1987]
  • The Demise of Marriage in Purang, Tibet: 1959-1990.
    [Tibetan Studies Vol. 1, Proceedings of 6th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies. 1992]

Ma, Rong

  • Temporary Migrants in Lhasa in 2005.
    [Co-written with Dr. Tanzen Lhundup. Presented at the 11th Seminar of the International Association of Tibetan Study, Bonn University, Germany (August 27-September 2)]
  • Han and Tibetan Residential Patterns in Lhasa.
    [The China Quarterly No. 128 (December 1991), pp. 814-835.]
  • Population Structure and Changes in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
    [Presented at the International Conference on “Tibet Autonomy” at Harvard University (Nov. 28-29, 2007)]

Ma, Rong & Pan, Naigu

  • The Tibetan Population and Their Geographical Distribution in China.
    [Tibetan Studies: Proceedings of the 6th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies.Vol.1: 507-516, 1994]

Min, Feng

  • Matrilineal Marriage in Tibetan Areas in Western Sichuan Province.
    [Asian Highlands Perspectives, 6 (2010), 251-280]

Rilye, Nancy E.

  • China's Population: New Trends and Challenges.
    [Population Reference Bureau, Vol 59, No 2. 2004]

Ross, J. L.

  • Culture and Fertility in the Nepal Himalayas: A Test of a Hypothesis.
    [Human Ecology. 12(2): 163-181, 1984.]

Schrempf, Mona

  • Introduction (with Houben, Vincent), and Planning the Modern Tibetan Family in China.
    [Excerpts from "Figurations of Modernity: Global and Local Representations in Comparative Perspective", published Dec 2008 by Campus Verlag]
  • Planning the Modern Tibetan Family.
    [V. Houben and M Schrempf (eds.), Figurations of Modernity - Global and Local Representations in Comparative Perspective, pp. 121-151, 2008]

Shastri, Lobsang

  • The Marriage Customs of Ru-Thog (Mnga'-Ris).
    [Tibetan Studies: Proceedings of the 6th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Vol 2. 1992]

Wangmo, Tenzin 

  • Health Perception and Health Behavior of Elder Tibetans Living in India and Switzerland.  [Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology, 26: 331-348. 2011]
  • Changing expectations of care among older Tibetans living in India and Switzerland.
    [Aging & Society, 30: 879-896. 2010 ]

Wangmo, Tenzin & Teaster, Pamela B.

  • The Bridge From Then to Now: Tibetan Elders Living in Diaspora.
    [Journal of Applied Gerontology, 29(4): 434-454. 2010]