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Chapter 16: The Environment, the Family and Local Government among the Tajik People
The natural environment tends to have a certain degree of influence on human social organisation. When a people's production capabilities are comparatively low, and when they find themselves in hostile environmental settings, this influence tends to be stronger. Under such conditions, people have little choice but to adopt forms of social organisation that can effectively help them struggle against these tremendous environmental pressures. One such form of social organisation is the extended family.
On the other hand, local governmental representatives have rather little influence on areas where people have to cope with harsh environmental conditions. For the government agencies may not always know how to ...