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3. Balancing on an Alp: population stability and change in a Swiss peasant village



3. Balancing on an Alp: population stability and change in a Swiss peasant village



Village viability in contemporary society: 69-108



The demographic history is presented of the Swiss village of Torbel in the mountains of Upper Valais. The reconstruction of population levels and the dissection of demographic dynamics in this alpine community both supports claims that social mechanisms may tend to restrain growth in a density dependent manner and substantiate the influence of exogenous factors that can decisively disturb this equilibrium.

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