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Social Change in Modern France : Towards a Cultural Anthropology of the Fifth Republic - Henri Mendras

Social Change in Modern France

Towards a Cultural Anthropology of the Fifth Republic

Hardcover Published: 29th March 1991
ISBN: 9780521391085
Number Of Pages: 264

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Social Change in Modern France is concerned with the radical transformations which have taken place within French society during the past thirty years. The authors contended that these changes constitute a revolution in French affairs as important as that of 1789. Since the late 1950s the traditional social structures of the Third Republic have been transformed: peasantry and bourgeoisie have disappeared or mutated; the great national institutions of church, army, trade unions and schools have declined or severely weakened, and a late and rapid industrialisation has wrought profound economic changes. Even the French Communist Party has become a virtual irrelevance. All these institutions, so characteristic of French society throughout the Third Republic, have now ceased to be the object of major conflicts and tensions. In their stead local institutions, voluntary associations and the family have acquired a renewed strength and serve as the basic network for social relations and social life.

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"He offers a wide-ranging and generally persuasive description and analysis of changes which have taken place in French society since the mid-1960s. His book is well paced and full of provocative insights, like his argument that the French are mistrustful of representative democracy and favor a form of direct democracy through election of national politicians who also hold local office...I was particularly interested by Mendras's appreciation of post-1968 'cultural liberals,' his analyses of the church and its offshoots, and his perceptive comments on the increasing importance of senior citizens. Because Social Change in Modern France requires little specialized background knowledge, it would work well in an undergraduate course on modern French culture in a U.S. college." Donald Reid, Social Science Quarterly

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Breaking-Up of Traditional Class Structuresp. 13
The bourgeois, the workers and the peasantsp. 15
The transformation of the social classes: the triumph of the central constellationp. 31
The De-Mystification of the Great National Institutionsp. 49
The army and the churchp. 51
Working-class institutionsp. 73
The national education systemp. 91
The new national consensusp. 107
A village democracyp. 122
The Stages of Lifep. 143
The strength of kinshipp. 145
Men and womenp. 163
Young and oldp. 177
A New Civilisationp. 197
Changing lifestylesp. 199
The cultural explosionp. 212
A moral revolution?p. 226
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 252
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ISBN: 9780521391085
ISBN-10: 0521391083
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 29th March 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49

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