Family and Social Change

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November 1993



An innovative study examining the effects of nineteenth-century industrialisation on family life.


1. Family and industrialisation; 2. The industrialising context: continuity and change in nineteenth-century Tilburg; 3. Sources and methods; 4. Family structure through time; 5. Family life and social structure; 6. Family structure and geographical mobility; 7. Family and work: the effect of family economy on the structural characteristics of the household; 8. Summary and conclusions.


"Overall, Janssens's book represents a fine example of the value of qualitative historical research...the findings cast powerful doubt upon Parson's static, functional arguments about family." Canadian Journal of Sociology "The collection and analysis of data in this book are meticulous and painstaking...,Janssens's argument is generally convincing, and this book makes an important contribution to scholarship on household structure." American Historical Review "Although specialist will find the main results of this study familiar, they will profit by the detailed information provided by the fifteen figures, thirty-two tables, and fifty-five appendixes. Readers will also appreciate the clear exposition of argument and evidence." Journal of Interdisciplinary History "In this important book, Angelique Janssens provides the first sustained longitudinal investigation of patterns of extended family structure in the past...It deserves to be widely read and is bound to stimulate further research." Steven Ruggles, American Journal of Sociology "...a well-written challenge to Parsons' claim that industrialization inevitably results in a shift from the extended to the nuclear family. With her longitudinal approach, she demonstrates the value of qualitative analysis for grasping the interaction of individuals and society during social and economic change that intervenes between societal processes such as industrialization, and the family." William M. Cross, European Studies Journal
EAN: 9780521416115
ISBN: 0521416116
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Soviet Paperbacks'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 1993
Seitenanzahl: 344 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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