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Shaping Modern Times in Rural France - The Transformation and Reproduction of an Aveyronnais Community

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ISBN-10: 0691028583

ISBN-13: 9780691028583

Edition: 1991

Authors: Susan Carol Rogers

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Challenging the notion that modernization is a homogenizing process, Susan Rogers contends that in the course of large-scale transformations communities often reproduce and strengthen distinctive cultural and social features. To make this argument, she focuses on the French farming community of "Ste Foy" during a period of rapid change (1945-75). Using ethnographic field data and archival material that she collected as a "participant-observer," she finds an intriguing puzzle: an allegedly archaic social form, the ostal, has become increasingly common in the community. The ostal, a type of family farm organized around an extended "stem family" household, is a variant of the stem family…    
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/21/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Snapshots from a Moving Picture
The Setting
The Questions
Variations on a Theme: Cultural Specificities and Economic Change in Ste Foy, Aveyron
The Aveyron: A French Hinterland
Ste Foy: The Riches of Roquefort
Ste Foy's Soul: The Principles of the Ostal System
Essential Elements
Management of Adversity
Negotiations of Difference
Ties That Cut and Bind: Ostals in the Community
Interactions Among Ostals
Bourg and Campagne
Real Ostals in a Changing World
Terms of Analysis
Patterns of Change
New Crises: Structures and Change in Ste Foy
The Bride Shortage, 1960-1975
The Municipal Crisis of 1975
Closing Scenes
On France
On Family History
On Social Change and Culture in the Modern World
Estimations of Ostal Domestic Life Cycles
Succession of Households on a Ste Foyan Hamlet