THE SPATIAL STRUCTURE OF A SELECTED INTERPERSONAL CONTACT: A REGIONAL COMPARISON OF MARRIAGE DISTANCES IN INDIA.
NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON ILL DEPT OF GEOGRAPHY
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The spatial pattern of marriage distances, viewed as a possible surrogate for information field data, is examined in three rural areas of India portions of the undivided Punjab, Gujarat, and Mysore. Twenty-four villages, stratified by size and communications class, were studied and within each village informants were further stratified on the basis of a farmer-service worker occupational classification. In terms of mean distance to wifes village, significant differences were observed between regions and occupation types. Some attempt was also made to study patterns of contact with friends living outside the village, and to determine if informants could provide accurate estimates of distance and direction.
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