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Shaping Modern Times in Rural France : The Transformation and Reproduction of an Aveyronnais Community - Susan Carol Rogers

Shaping Modern Times in Rural France

The Transformation and Reproduction of an Aveyronnais Community

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Published: 21st February 1991
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Challenging the notion that modernization is a homogenizing process, Susan Rogers contends that in the course of large-scale transformations communities often reproduce and strengthen distinctive cultural and social features. To make this argument, she focuses on the French farming community of "Ste Foy" during a period of rapid change (1945-75). Using ethnographic field data and archival material that she collected as a "participant-observer," she finds an intriguing puzzle: an allegedly archaic social form, the ostal, has become increasingly common in the community. The ostal, a type of family farm organized around an extended "stem family" household, is a variant of the stem family systems associated with preindustrial southern Europe. How have Ste Foyans continued to remake this "archaic" mode as their community grew more prosperous and more involved in national and international markets? In showing how the specific identity of a community is reproduced rather than obliterated by modernization, the author reveals dialectical relationships between structure and change, history and culture, and the centralized nation-state and regional diversity. This analysis addresses anthropologists, historians, and scholars interested in local politics and economic development.

Roger's own research leads to considerable theoretical and methodological insights and she successfully discredits at least two uses of history in anthropological research... [This book] is a fascinating, first-rate, scholarly enterprise. French Review

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prologue
Snapshots from a Moving Picturep. 3
Introductionp. 19
The Settingp. 20
The Questionsp. 32
Variations on a Theme: Cultural Specificities and Economic Change in Ste Foy, Aveyronp. 46
The Aveyron: A French Hinterlandp. 47
Ste Foy: The Riches of Roquefortp. 58
Conclusionsp. 72
Ste Foy's Soul: The Principles of the Ostal Systemp. 74
Essential Elementsp. 75
Management of Adversityp. 88
Negotiations of Differencep. 94
Conclusionsp. 98
Ties That Cut and Bind: Ostals in the Communityp. 101
Interactions Among Ostalsp. 102
Bourg and Campagnep. 114
Conclusionsp. 125
Real Ostals in a Changing Worldp. 127
Terms of Analysisp. 128
Patterns of Changep. 136
Conclusionsp. 151
New Crises: Structures and Change in Ste Foyp. 154
The Bride Shortage, 1960-1975p. 154
The Municipal Crisis of 1975p. 166
Conclusionsp. 186
Conclusionsp. 188
Closing Scenesp. 188
On Francep. 192
On Family Historyp. 200
On Social Change and Culture in the Modern Worldp. 207
Estimations of Ostal Domestic Life Cyclesp. 216
Succession of Households on a Ste Foyan Hamletp. 218
Bibliography-Aveyronp. 221
Generalp. 222
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780691028583
ISBN-10: 0691028583
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 21st February 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.57  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.35