Family Formation in an Age of Nascent Capitalism

Family Formation in an Age of Nascent Capitalism

1st Edition - January 28, 1977

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  • Author: David Levine
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483260754

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Family Formation in an Age of Nascent Capitalism deals with the impact of early capitalism on the strategies of family formation among four sets of English villagers in the period before the wholesale switch-over to factory industry. This era, roughly speaking from 1550 to 1850, has been variously described as ""traditional,"" ""preindustrial,"" and, more recently, ""protoindustrial."" However, the author sees it as a stage in the transition from feudalism to capitalism—a halfway house. The book begins by placing the study in the context of the larger debate concerning nascent capitalism, early rural industrialization, and the growth of population. Separate chapters then discuss the growth and structure of the framework knitting industry in Shepshed and the social implications of this economic change; the patterns of immigration, population turnover, and generational replacement in Shepshed and Bottesford; and industrial involution and domestic organization in 1851. Subsequent chapters deal with the demographic implications of rural industrialization; the relationship between economic opportunity and family formation; and relationships among the expectation of marriage, bridal pregnancy, and illegitimacy.

Table of Contents

  • List of Figures and Tables


    1 Introduction

    2 The Social and Economic Background

    3 Immigration, Population Turnover, and Generational Replacement

    4 Industrial Involution and Domestic Organization

    5 The Demographic Implications of Rural Industrialization

    6 Economic Opportunity and Family Formation: the Case of Bottesford

    Appendix: Crisis Mortality in Bottesford

    7 Colyton Revisited

    8 Proletarianization and Pauperism: the Case of Terling

    9 Illegitimacy: Marriage Frustrated, Not Promiscuity Rampant

    10 Conclusion

    Appendix: The Reliability of Parochial Registration and the Representativeness of Family Reconstitution



Product details

  • No. of pages: 208
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1977
  • Published: January 28, 1977
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483260754

About the Author

David Levine

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Medicine and Head, Division of Nephrology, University of Ottawa and Ottawa General Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Charles Tilly

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Michigan, U.S.A.

Edward Shorter

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Toronto, Canada

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