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Property, Production, and Family in Neckarhausen, 1700–1870

Property, Production, and Family in Neckarhausen, 1700–1870


Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: March 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521386920

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  • This landmark study of family relations in a village in southern Germany is the product of deep reflection on anthropological approaches to historical problems. David Sabean is concerned to recover the tenor of marital relationships within a particular context of production and surplus extraction; he is concerned equally with capturing the logic of gender and generational conflict within strategies of subsistence and survival, the fabric of rights and obligations, and the coherence of life trajectories. Sabean's analysis of Neckarhausen is a challenge to conventional notions about modernization and family and kinship. As population increased and an influx of captial brought about a reorganization of agricultural production, for managing the forces of social reproduction. Peasants, it turns out, were innovative and flexible, experimenting with new commodity markets. The 'green revolution' at the dawn of the modern era is shown to have had a tremendous impact on the utilization of labor. Intensification of agriculture completely reorganized women's schedules, bringing about a new labor discipline and a crisis in marital relationships. Arguing for the concept of 'property' as a fundamental tool for social analysis, Sabean examines the peculiarities of property devolution, the distribution of tools, and the sale of land. His book is a stunning example of history written from the perspective of 'everyday life'.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521386920
    • length: 544 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 149 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.678kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    Abbreviations of sources
    Weights, measures, and coinage
    On reading kinship diagrams
    1. Productive forces and social differentiation
    2. Magistrates and records
    3. The ideology of the house
    4. Patterns of marital conflict
    5. The changing context of production
    6. Marital relations in the context of production
    7. Marital estate
    8. State and estate
    9. Marital fund
    10. Generational transition
    11. Reciprocities of labor and property
    12. Reciprocities in parent - child relations
    13. Authority, solidarity, and abuse, 14. Family charges on the transfer of property
    15. The real estate market
    16. Kinship and the sale of property

  • Author

    David Warren Sabean

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