A History of the Family

A History of the Family

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This major two-volume work examines the history of the family from prehistory to the present day. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the changing forms of kinship and family life. The time-span and geographical distance covered is impressive: from Egypt and the Pharaohs to contemporary Europe, from ancient China to post-colonial Africa. Volume One examines ancient and medieval societies both inside and outside Europe, focusing on the genesis and gradual transformation of the family through history. It analyzes the ancient world, the Middle Ages and the Far East respectively. The second volume examines the repercussions of various aspects of the modern age - religious, political, economic and social - upon the institution of the family, and compares the model of the western family with that of other cultures. It includes studies on the family in early modern Europe, colonial societies in the Andes and Meso-America, modern China, Japan, Africa and Arabia. The final section examines the position of the family in western industrialized societies, from the Industrial Revolution to the present, including studies on modern America, Scandinavia and France. Focusing on contemporary developments in the family, contributors examine, among other issues, the rise in the divorce rate, the decline in marriages, the increase in the number of one-parent families and single people in urban environments, the emergence of surrogate mothers and diverse techniques of artificial insemination; and it questions the survival of the family as a modern-day institution.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 584 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 2,110g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0745615430
  • 9780745615431

Table of contents

Volume One: Preface. Introduction: Claude Levi-Strauss. An Anthropological Perspective on Kinship and the Family: Francoise Zonabend. Part I: Antiquity: 1. Prehistory of the Family: Claude Masset. 2. From Sumer to Babylon: Families as Landowners and Families as Rulers: Jean-Jacques Glassner. 3. The Survival of the Family Name and the Pharaonic Order: Annie Forgeau. 4. The Desire for Transcendence: the Hebrew Family Model and Jewish Family Practices: Frank Alvarez-Pereyre and Florence Heymann. 5. The Family in Ancient Athens (5th-4th Century BC): Giulia Sissa. 6. Fathers as Citizens of Rome, Rome as a City of Fathers (2nd century BC - 2nd century AD): Yan Thomas. 7. The Family Under the Roman Empire: Signs and Gestures: Aline Rouselle. Part II: Medieval Times: Introduction: Georges Duby. 8. Barbarian Europe: Pierre Guichard and Jean-Pierre Cuvillier. 9. The Carolingian Moment (8th-10th Century): Pierre Toubert. 10. The Feudal Era (11th-13th Century): Robert Fossier. 11. Europe: Town and Country (13th-15th Century): Henri Bresc. 12. Families and Kinships in Byzantium: Evelyne Patlagean. Part III: Distant Times: 13. China: the Family as a Relay of Government: Michel Cartier. 14. Japan: a Household Society: Patrick Beillevaire. 15. The World Order and the Family Institution in India: Roland Lardinois. 16. The Family in Arab Islam: Thierry Bianquis. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. Volume Two: Introduction: Jack Goody. Part I: Europe and the First Modernity: 1. The One Hundred and One Families of Europe: Andre Burguiere and FranCois Lebrun. 2. Priest, Prince and Family: Andre Burguiere and FranCois Lebrun. Part II: Other Worlds: 3. Children of the Apocalypse: the Family in Meso-America and the Andes: Carmen Bernand and Serge Gruzinski. 4. The Long March of the Chinese Family: Michel Cartier. 5. The Family: Instrument and Model of the Japanese Nation: Patrick Beillevaire. 6. India: the Family, the State, and Women: Roland Lardinois. 7. Africa: the Family at the Crossroads: Jean-Pierre Dozon. 8. The Arab World: the Family as Fortress: Philippe Fargues. Part III: The Western World: Industrialization and Urbanization: 9. The Industrial Revolution: from Proletariat to Bourgeoisie: Martine Segalen. 10. Love and Liberty: the Contemporary American Family: HervE Varenne. 11. Socialist Families: Basile Kerblay. 12. The Scandinavian Model: David Gaunt and Louise NystrOm. 13. Families in France: Martine Segalen and FranCoise Zonabend. 14. The Family: What Next?: Andre Burguiere, Christiane Kalapisch-Zuber, Martine Segalen and Francoise Zonabend. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.show more

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"Covering an impressively long time-span and geographical distance, from Egypt and the Pharaohs to contemporary Europe, and from ancient China to post-colonial Africa, it analyses the changing forms of kinship and family life." History Today "Remarkable for its time-span and geographical coverage ... contributors to these volumes provide succinct and skilful overviews and syntheses of family relationships in their chosen period, syntheses that expert as well as novice readers ... will find useful and stimulating ... These volumes provide a broad but informative overview of the rich diversity and constantly changing nature of family organization ... this history of family organization has a useful glossary and is illustrated by some delightful engravings, paintings and photographs of family life. The excellent translation provides a crisp and clear text." Times Higher Education Supplementshow more