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Approaches to the History of the Western Family 1500-1914 (New Studies in Economic and Social History)

Опубликовано на портале: 27-11-2006
Изд-во: Cambridge University Press, 1995, 128 с.
Тематический раздел:
This book is a short but comprehensive survey of the work on the history of the family in Western Europe and North America, for the period 1500-1914. Updated to include material published between 1980 and 1994, it aims to provide students of family history with a structured and balanced critique of and guide to the huge literature on the subject. Professor Anderson focuses particularly on the strengths and limitations of different approaches that have been adopted in the discipline, and seeks connections among themes, countries and periods.

1. Introduction

2. The demographic approach
Marriage rates and ages
Patterns of childbearing
Extramarital conceptions
Size and membership of the household
Critique of the demographic approach

3. The sentiments approach
The segregation of the conjugal unit-privacy and domesticity
Changing attitudes to the interpersonal relationships
Spouse selection
The functions of marriage
Illegitimacy and changing attitudes to sex
Parenthood and childhood
The prime movers of social change

4. The household economics approach
The family economy of the western peasant
The proletarianisation of labour

Update to cover literature published between 1980 and 1994
Select bibliography