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The Village in Court : Arson, Infanticide, and Poaching in the Court Records of Upper Bavaria 1848-1910 - Regina Schulte

The Village in Court

Arson, Infanticide, and Poaching in the Court Records of Upper Bavaria 1848-1910

By: Regina Schulte, Barrie Selman (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 29th April 1994
ISBN: 9780521431866
Number Of Pages: 208

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The rural village in nineteenth-century Europe was caught in a conflict between its traditional local culture and its new integration into the grasp of state institutions and modern social structures. Local practices were turned into crimes; the social meaning of crime within the village culture was redefined by the introduction of bourgeois penal law and psychiatry. The language of the intruding agencies had created, through a wealth of written documentation, an image of village life for the outside world. Criminal investigations, however, had to be based on interrogations of the villagers themselves, and it was through this questioning process that their own views, language, and symbolic gestures went on record. Schulte provides a new and original interpretation of village power structures, gender relations, and generational rites of passage through a close reading of the trial proceedings before the penal courts of Upper Bavaria for the three most important types of rural crime: arson, infanticide, and poaching.

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"Schulte's discussion of infanticide goes beyond what we know of this act for earlier periods...and therefore mertis attention." Canadian Journal of History "This innovative book establishes an intersection between structuralist analysis and psychohistory in a most readable way. The examination is well illustrated by actual testimony... It is certainly accessible to readers at all levels..." Choice "This quick summary of Schulte's book by no means does justice to the manifold ways in which the author shows 'how peasant society worked'...a fine work."

The break-up of the village
The peasant as seen by the middle class
The literature on rural relations
Crime as a medium of historical anthropology
Landscape with villages
Peasant Society and the Individual
Fire in the village
The arsonist
The village
The families
The mad-doctor's gaze
From the social symptons to the physical
Female arsonists and puberty
Catharsis or disease?
The Status of Women and the Place of Children
The bridal wagon
Silent births
Time spent as a maid
Relationships between unmarried farm servants
'With the angels'
The Disputed Boundaries of the Village
Poaching - economics, culture and sexuality
'Nothing but shoot game'
A trade on the edge of the village
The village goes poaching
The young men
The reality of fantasy
Domination in jeopardy
The provincial judge - attempts to mediate
The 'good natured mountain folk' and the 'stormy times'
Manhood and execution
A fantasy of reconciliation
Conclusion: on the threshold between two worlds
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ISBN: 9780521431866
ISBN-10: 0521431867
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 29th April 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.75  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.41

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