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Milk Culture in Eurasia

Constructing a Hypothesis of Monogenesis–Bipolarization

Authors: Hirata, Masahiro

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  • Includes photographs that illustrate many of the milk processing techniques and products discussed from various regions of the Eurasian continent
  • Employs diagrams that clarify complicated milk processing systems to facilitate comparative analysis
  • Presents the monogenesis–bipolarization hypothesis to describe the history of milk culture in the Eurasian continent
  • Identifies cultural filters that regulate the adoption and change of milk processing technology
  • Re-examines the typology and theory of pastoralism from the standpoint of milk culture
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The invention of milking and milk use created a new mode of subsistence called pastoralism. On rangelands across Eurasia, pastoralists subsist by extensive animal husbandry and by processing their animals’ milk. Based on the author’s fieldwork over more than two decades, this book details the processing systems and uses of milk observed in pastoralist and farm households in West Asia, South Asia, North Asia, Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau, and Europe and the Caucasus. Milk culture in each region is characterized by its processing technology and use of milk, and characteristics common to wider geographical spheres are identified. Inclusion of case studies from the literature expands the continent-wide perspective and provides further indications of how milk culture developed and diffused historically. The inferences drawn are expressed in the author’s monogenesis­–bipolarization hypothesis of Eurasian milk culture, that milking and milk processing had a single center of origin in West Asia, and that the technology involved the spread from there across the continent, developing distinct characteristics in northern and southern spheres. Finally, because milk culture underpins pastoralism as a mode of subsistence, the typology and theory of pastoralism are re-examined from the standpoint of milk culture.

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Masahiro Hirata is a professor in the Department of Human Science, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Japan. As a graduate student at Kyoto University, Japan, he worked at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Syria in the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) program, where he conducted research into the human ecology of pastoralists in Syria. Since then, for more than 25 years, he has carried out fieldwork in arid regions of the Eurasian continent, focusing on subsistence of pastoralists. His research interests include processing and uses of milk worldwide, subsistence strategies of pastoralism, and the origin and spread of pastoralism. He has published many papers and several books in the field of pastoralism and milk culture and is the chairperson of the Hokkaido Ethnological Society, Japan.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Milk Culture in Eurasia
Book Subtitle
Constructing a Hypothesis of Monogenesis–Bipolarization
Authors
Translated by
Hawkes, P.
Series Title
Springer Geography
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-1765-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-1765-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-1764-8
Series ISSN
2194-315X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 350
Number of Illustrations
150 b/w illustrations, 129 illustrations in colour
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