Property, Production, and Family in Neckarhausen, 1700-1870 (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)


Property, Production, and Family in Neckarhausen, 1700-1870 (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 608 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521385381
  • DDC分類 306.80943471


This landmark study deals with the ordinary experiences of people who lived in a village in Southern Germany.

Full Description

This landmark study of family relations in a village in southern Germany is the product of deep reflection on anthropological approaches to historical problems. David Sabean is concerned to recover the tenor of marital relationships within a particular context of production and surplus extraction; he is concerned equally with capturing the logic of gender and generational conflict within strategies of subsistence and survival, the fabric of rights and obligations, and the coherence of life trajectories. Sabean's analysis of Neckarhausen is a challenge to conventional notions about modernization and family and kinship. As population increased and an influx of captial brought about a reorganization of agricultural production, for managing the forces of social reproduction. Peasants, it turns out, were innovative and flexible, experimenting with new commodity markets. The 'green revolution' at the dawn of the modern era is shown to have had a tremendous impact on the utilization of labor. Intensification of agriculture completely reorganized women's schedules, bringing about a new labor discipline and a crisis in marital relationships. Arguing for the concept of 'property' as a fundamental tool for social analysis, Sabean examines the peculiarities of property devolution, the distribution of tools, and the sale of land. His book is a stunning example of history written from the perspective of 'everyday life'.

Table of Contents

List of tables
Abbreviations of sources
Weights, measures, and coinage
On reading kinship diagrams
1. Productive forces and social differentiation
2. Magistrates and records
3. The ideology of the house
4. Patterns of marital conflict
5. The changing context of production
6. Marital relations in the context of
7. Marital estate
8. State and estate
9. Marital fund
10. Generational transition
11. Reciprocities of labor and property
12. Reciprocities in parent - child relations
13. Authority, solidarity, and abuse, 14.
Family charges on the transfer of property
15. The real estate market
16. Kinship and the sale of property