Human Ecology

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 223–233

Fraternal polyandry and fertility in a high Himalayan valley in Northwest Nepal

  • Melvyn C. Goldstein

DOI: 10.1007/BF01534287

Cite this article as:
Goldstein, M.C. Hum Ecol (1976) 4: 223. doi:10.1007/BF01534287


The manner in which cultural factors affect fertility has become an important area of anthropological concern. In this article, it will be shown that while fraternal polyandry does not affect individual fertility it does have a significant depressing effect on aggregate fertility and functions, unperceived and unintended, as an important mechanism for reducing population growth.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melvyn C. Goldstein
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyCase Western Reserve UniversityCleveland