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Historical Anthropology of the Family : Themes in the Social Sciences - Martine Segalen

Historical Anthropology of the Family

Themes in the Social Sciences

By: Martine Segalen, J. C. Whitehouse (Translator), Sarah Matthews (Translator)

Paperback Published: 6th April 1987
ISBN: 9780521276702
Number Of Pages: 344

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This historical anthropology of the family represents a new departure in family studies. Over the past ten years or so, the social scientific sociological analysis of the family has undergone a change, and has been obliged to reconsider its traditional view that industrialisation triggered a shift within society from the 'large family', which fulfilled all social functions from socialising the children to caring for the sick and the old, to the modern nuclear family, which was regarded solely as being the locus for emotional relationships. Historians have shown that in the past there was in fact a great variety of different family structures within a wide range of varying demographic, economic and cultural frameworks, distinctive for each society. At the same time, the interaction between sociology and social anthropology has led to a clearer conceptual analysis of that vague, polysemic term 'family'; and notions of dwelling-place, descent, marriage, the relative roles of husband and wife and parent-child relations, as well as the more general relations between generations, have in a variety of past and present social contexts been taken apart and analysed. In this book, Martine Segalen reviews and synthesises a rich wealth of often little-known European and North American historical and social anthropological material on the family. This results in a reversal of the frequently held view of the family as an institution in decline, showing it instead to be both dynamic and resistant.

The Area of Kinship
The domestic group
Kinship and kinship groups
Kin relationships in urban society
The making of the domestic group
The historical sociology of marriage
Marriage and divorce in contemporary society
The child and the family
Domestic Roles and Activities
Roles within the couple in the nineteenth century
Roles within the present-day couple
The domestic group and economic roles
Family and society
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ISBN: 9780521276702
ISBN-10: 0521276705
Series: Themes in the Social Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 6th April 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.51