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Family and Social Change : The Household as a Process in an Industrializing Community - Angelique Janssens

Family and Social Change

The Household as a Process in an Industrializing Community

Hardcover Published: 26th November 1993
ISBN: 9780521416115
Number Of Pages: 344

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This book is a quantitative study into the influence of the process of industrialisation on the nature and strength of family relationships in a Dutch community between 1850 and 1920. The study makes use of the unique and unusually rich source of Dutch population registers, which enables the author to trace the history of individual households. The study closely relates aspects of family and household with the social processes characteristic of an industrialising society, such as increasing rates of social and geographical mobility and the shift of production from the home into the factory. Results reveal a striking continuity in the strength of nineteenth-century family relations despite the gradual but profound process of social change surrounding these families. Changes in behavioural patterns did occur, however, under the influence of changes in demographic rates, regional geographical mobility systems and local developments in the housing market. Nevertheless, these changes cannot be taken as a weakening of family relationships.

"Overall, Janssens's book represents a fine example of the value of qualitative historical research...the findings cast powerful doubt upon Parson's static, functional arguments about family." Canadian Journal of Sociology "The collection and analysis of data in this book are meticulous and painstaking...,Janssens's argument is generally convincing, and this book makes an important contribution to scholarship on household structure." American Historical Review "Although specialist will find the main results of this study familiar, they will profit by the detailed information provided by the fifteen figures, thirty-two tables, and fifty-five appendixes. Readers will also appreciate the clear exposition of argument and evidence." Journal of Interdisciplinary History "In this important book, Angelique Janssens provides the first sustained longitudinal investigation of patterns of extended family structure in the past...It deserves to be widely read and is bound to stimulate further research." Steven Ruggles, American Journal of Sociology "...a well-written challenge to Parsons' claim that industrialization inevitably results in a shift from the extended to the nuclear family. With her longitudinal approach, she demonstrates the value of qualitative analysis for grasping the interaction of individuals and society during social and economic change that intervenes between societal processes such as industrialization, and the family." William M. Cross, European Studies Journal

Family and industrialisation
The industrialising context: continuity and change in nineteenth-century Tilburg
Sources and methods
Family structure through time
Family life and social structure
Family structure and geographical mobility
Family and work: the effect of family economy on the structural characteristics of the household
Summary and conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521416115
ISBN-10: 0521416116
Series: CAMBRIDGE STUDIES IN POPULATION, ECONOMY, AND SOCIETY IN PAST TIME
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 26th November 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.61