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Nubian EncountersThe Story of the Nubian Ethnological Survey 19611964$
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Nicholas S. Hopkins and Sohair R. Mehanna

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164019

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164019.001.0001

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Some Differential Factors Affecting Population Movement

Some Differential Factors Affecting Population Movement

The Nubian Case

(p.175) Some Differential Factors Affecting Population Movement
Nubian Encounters

Nicholas S. Hopkins

Sohair R. Mehanna

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter analyzes selected aspects of population movement, with special reference to the case of Nubia. It examines a portion of the data collected in the years 1961–64 during the course of an anthropological-sociological study of Nubian society, including both the villages of Egyptian Nubia and the urban communities of Egypt and the Sudan. Specifically, the discussion describes the Nubian community in an historical perspective, sketching out some of the salient geographic, economic, and demographic features. It examines the empirical data with reference to a selected theory of migration phenomena. One of the noteworthy findings of the analysis is that great variation exists in the Nubian village social and economic structure as well as in the pattern of migration. Taken as a whole, Nubia very likely represents a wide variety of economic and social behaviors that may be as differentiated as the linguistic bases distinguishing the three regions of Nubia.

Keywords:   migration, Nubia, urban Egypt, Sudan, population movement, linguistic base

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