Kinship in Neckarhausen, 1700-1870
By (author) David Warren Sabean
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Kinship in Neckarhausen, 1700-1870 by David Warren Sabean
Book DescriptionThis work analyses shifts in the relations of families, households, and individuals in a single German village during the transition to a modern social structure and cultural order. The findings call into question the idea that the more modern society became, the less kin mattered. Rather, the opposite happened. During 'modernization', close kin developed a flexible set of exchanges, passing marriage partners, godparents, political favors, work contacts, and financial guarantees back and forth. Sabean also argues that the new kinship systems were fundamental for class formation, and he repositions women in the center of a political culture of alliance construction. One of a series of important local studies coming out of the Max Planck Institute for History, it is the most thorough-going attempt to work between the disciplines of social and cultural history and anthropology, and it demonstrates the power of microhistory to reconceptualize general historical trends.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521583817
(228mm x 152mm x 35mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David Warren Sabean
Kinship in Neckarhausen, 1700-1870, Paperback (December 1997)
Studying one German village in depth, Sabean questions the idea that the more modern society became, the less kin mattered.
Property, Production, and Family in Neckarhausen, 1700-1870, Paperback (January 1991)
This landmark study of family relations in a village in southern Germany is the product of deep reflection on anthropological approaches to historical problems.
Interest and Emotion, Paperback (May 1988)
This 1984 volume challenges the notion that interests and emotions are polar opposites and the organization of the family around the central trend of 'sentimentalization'.
Power in the Blood, Paperback (January 1988)» View all books by David Warren Sabean
Reassesses peasant society and popular culture in early modern Europe. The book explores the relationship of state, people, church and ideology based on episodes from village life in Wurttemberg, Germany, from 1580 to 1800. These range from the burial of a live bull to a 13-year-old witch.
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