MAINTAINING THE MATRILINE: CHILDREN’S BIRTH ORDER ROLES AND EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT AMONG THAI KHON MÜANG

Socioeconomic Aspects of Human Behavioral Ecology

ISBN: 978-0-76231-082-1, eISBN: 978-1-84950-255-9

ISSN: 0190-1281

Publication date: 30 December 2004

Abstract

Thailand’s modernization and shift to a wage labor economy has led to increases in children’s educational attainment. This research, in two rural northern Thai villages, explores globalizing labor markets, traditional familial roles, and parental bias of educational investment by children’s gender and birth position, using a human behavioral ecology (HBE) framework. Survival models suggest that northern Thailand’s matrilineal tendencies may be increasing, not decreasing, with globalization: daughters bearing long-term expectations of support and remittance are more heavily invested in than sons, from whom matrilines expect and receive less. Birth position strongly affects educational attainment, reflecting differential familial helper and provider roles.

Citation

Rende Taylor, L. (2004), "MAINTAINING THE MATRILINE: CHILDREN’S BIRTH ORDER ROLES AND EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT AMONG THAI KHON MÜANG", Alvard, M. (Ed.) Socioeconomic Aspects of Human Behavioral Ecology (Research in Economic Anthropology, Vol. 23), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 355-377. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0190-1281(04)23015-3

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