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Reproducing Families : The Political Economy of English Population History - David P. Levine

Reproducing Families

The Political Economy of English Population History

Paperback Published: 26th October 1987
ISBN: 9780521337854
Number Of Pages: 264

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Reviewing the course of English population history from 1066 to the eighties, this book challenges orthodoxies about the evolution of English family forms, and offers a bold interpretation of the inter-connections between social, economic, demographic and family history. Taking as the point of departure the well-known observations that England was the first industrial society, that it was the first society to have its peasantry replaced by proletarians and that it was a society that was always dominated by nuclear family households, the main question David Levine asks is how these elements were connected in time and space. In answering this, he looks to contemporaneous changes in the labour process, and, in particular, to the disposition of labour within the family. His central theme is the impact of proletarianisation on family formation. He argues that the explosive transformations of family and demography that occurred between 1780 and 1815 were the culmination of a protracted transition from a feudal to a capitalist social structure; and that the post-1870 decline in marital fertility took place within a context of demographic, familial, social and political adjustments which were themselves a response to the earlier population explosion.

Introduction: production and reproduction
Feudalism and the peasant family
Agrarian capitalism and rural proletarianisation
The industrialisation of the cottage economy
The decline of working-class fertility
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ISBN: 9780521337854
ISBN-10: 0521337852
Series: Studies in Natural Language Processing
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 26th October 1987
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.39