Fragile Lives

Fragile Lives : Violence, Power and Solidarity in Eighteenth-century Paris

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The lives of ordinary Parisians in the 18th century are the topic of this study. Through the experiences of men, women and children, Farge traces the solidarities and conflicts which arose between men and women, rich and poor, masters and servants, neighbours and colleagues. The author deals with three arenas of conflict and solidarity: the home, the workplace and the street. By examining these interwoven lives, Farge aims to challenge our conventional perception of everyday experience in the 18th century, of the aspirations of women both within the family and as abandoned mistresses, of the behaviour of the crowd as active and passive participants in street violence and of the workshop as the arena for social conflicts. The author describes a society, in the process of mutation, which was gradually reconstructing a new set of more

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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 625g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • French
  • 4 tables, bibliography
  • 0745606431
  • 9780745606439

Table of contents

Part I Feelings and metamorphoses: space and ways of life; girls for the marrying; "seduced and abandoned"; concerning parents and children; undesirable alliances and times of disruption. Part II Work and its margins: in the workshop; at the workshop door. Part III The crowds: the crowds invited; the crowds amongst themselves; the crowds more

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