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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 4 The grandfather graph


Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 4 The grandfather graph Nurul Islam Nazem and Pete Atkins Introduction After some deliberation we decided to experiment with a simple method that we call the `grandfather graph'. This is admittedly a In 1992 we conducted fieldwork in rural rough and ready technique but it yields Bangladesh to study the interaction of the rural and urban spheres. The aim was to analyse the approximate results that have proved valuable. impact of the government's decentralised urbanisation policy. As part of the study we Developing the methodology decided that we needed a simple method to show how people's occupations have changed David Mosse and Mona Mehta (1993) have in the past 40-50 years. This method would written a very interesting paper about the use need to overcome a number of constraints, of genealogies to reconstruct communal most of which will be familiar to readers of history and establish a basis for the study of PLA Notes. interactions such as marriage alliances and other forms of social reciprocity. They speak First, our time and resources were limited so from the viewpoint of anthropologists working we needed a method which would yield speedy on an intensive micro-scale study. ...

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