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Kinship in Neckarhausen, 1700-1870 - David Warren Sabean

Kinship in Neckarhausen, 1700-1870

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Published: 13th January 1998
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This book analyzes 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. These new kinship systems were fundamental for class formation. The author also repositions women in the center of the political culture of alliances.

"...a superb piece of scholarship, which speaks to the interests of specialists working in different disciplines with different geographical concentrations." Karl Wegert, Canadian Journal of History "This volume is without doubt the most theoretically well-informed, methodologically most sophisticated, and archivally best researched work in English on the History of community-level kinship in the European past." Anjrejs Plakans, Journal of Interdisciplinary History "Powerful and thought-provoking, Sabean's work has once again clarified our 'thinking about past social processes.'" Journal of Social History

Introduction
An introduction to kinship
Vetterleswirtschaft: rise and fall of a political discourse
The politics of incest and the ecology of alliance formation
Cohort I (1700-09)
Introduction to kinship during the early decades of the eighteenth century
Kinship as a factor in marriage strategy
Marriage and kinship practices
Ritual kinship
Naming children
(1740-49)
Restructuring the system of alliance
Village politics at mid-century
(1780-89)
Consanguinity as a principle of alliance
The formation of an alliance system
Ritual kinship and alternative alliance
Naming an patrilineal alliance
(1820-29)
Kinship at the beginning of the nineteenth century
Kinship and practice at the turn of the century
(1860-69)
Kinship in the mid-nineteenth century village: an introduction
Networking with kin around the mid-nineteenth century
Matrifocal alliance; Conclusion
Consanguinity in European perspective
Neckarhausen in European comparative perspective
Kinship and class formation
Kinship and gender
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ISBN: 9780521583817
ISBN-10: 0521583810
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 652
Published: 13th January 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 1.0