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Sexual and Reproductive Strategies among Serbian Gypsies

Jelena Čvorović
Population and Environment
Vol. 25, No. 3 (Jan., 2004), pp. 217-242
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27503880
Page Count: 26
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Sexual and Reproductive Strategies among Serbian Gypsies
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Abstract

This paper deals with a full range of sexual and reproductive behaviors among different "tribes" of Gypsies in Serbia. The examined traits include rates of fertility, mortality, age distribution, education, crime rates, and parental care. In addition, Gypsy traditions of culturally prescribed sexual behavior are also studied. It is found that Gypsy tribes employ different reproductive strategies, ranging from an extreme, for humans, "r" (reproductive) strategy to a more typical "K" (parental) strategy. The reasons bringing about these differences come from the Gypsies' readiness to adjust their behavior and reproduction in order to create the most favorable strategy in a given environment. This paper elucidates and contrasts the more typical r-selected Gypsies with a group of K-selected Gypsies living in a Serbian village.

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