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The Bourgeois Citizen in Nineteenth-Century France : Gender, Sociability, and the Uses of Emulation - Carol E. Harrison

The Bourgeois Citizen in Nineteenth-Century France

Gender, Sociability, and the Uses of Emulation

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1999
ISBN: 9780198207771
Number Of Pages: 280

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The Bourgeois Citizen in Nineteenth-Century France analyses the process by which class society developed in post-revolutionary France. Focusing on bourgeois men and on their voluntary associations, Carol E. Harrison addresses the construction of class and gender identities. In their gentlemen's clubs, learned societies, musical groups, gardening clubs, and charitable associations, bourgeois Frenchmen defined a social order in which the atomized individuals of revolutionarly law could find places for themselves in reconstituted social groups and hierarchies. The practices of sociability reflected a bourgeois view of society as harmonious rather than torn by conflict. The potentially universal virtues of bourgeois masculinity provided a basis for a consensus that could protect social order from the destructive competitiveness of French political life and the industrializing economy. The sociable interaction of male citizens was the crucial bridge between the destruction of Frances's old regime and the development of a mature industrial class society.

`Harrison's emphasis on social practice and performance as the formative component of individual class identities is very convincing. I was also persuaded by her stress on bourgeois status being locally defined and her focus on masculinity and its role in class formation is refreshing... this book is a valuable contribution both to our understanding of nineteenth century provincial France and to current debates on class formation' David Garrioch, American Historical Review

Prefacep. vii
List Of Abbreviationsp. xi
Emulation: Class, Gender, and Contextp. 1
Contesting the Public Sphere: Associations and the Government in Nineteenth-Century Francep. 22
The Bourgeois as Scientist and the Sociability of the Learned Societyp. 49
Honest Amusementsp. 87
Patronage: Emulation for the Working Classp. 123
Charitable Imperativesp. 157
Emulating the Elite: Association and the Petit Bourgeoisp. 189
Conclusion: The Limits of Emulationp. 222
Bibliographyp. 230
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9780198207771
ISBN-10: 0198207778
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st July 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43