Household Strategies for Survival 1600-2000: Fission, Faction and Cooperation

Editor Jürgen Schlumbohm, Laurence Fontaine

Cambridge University Press | April 23, 2001 | Trade Paperback |

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In preindustrial Europe, as in developing countries today, much of the population had to struggle to survive. The livelihood of all those who lived by the work of their hands was highly insecure. This book considers the "laboring poor" not simply as victims, but as actively pursuing a whole range of strategies for survival. Sometimes, strategies were successfully integrated within a household, while in other instances the domestic group was split and members preferred to pursue individual strategies. This illuminating book examines the European past using case studies from present-day situations in Asia and Africa.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 200 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: April 23, 2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521001420

ISBN - 13: 9780521001427

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Household Strategies for Survival 1600-2000: Fission, Faction and Cooperation

Household Strategies for Survival 1600-2000: Fission, Faction and Cooperation

Editor Jürgen Schlumbohm, Laurence Fontaine

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 200 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: April 23, 2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521001420

ISBN - 13: 9780521001427

Table of Contents

Household strategies for survival: an introduction Laurence Fontaine and Jürgen Schlumbohm; Negotiating a living: Essex pauper letters from London, 1800-1834 Thomas Sokoll; ''It is extreme necessity that makes me do this'': some ''survival strategies'' of pauper households in London''s West End during the early eighteenth century Jeremy Boulton; Using microcredit and restructuring households: two complementary survival strategies in late eighteenth-century Basrcelona Montserrat Carbonell; Poor Jewish families in early modern rural Swabia Sabine Ullmann; Industrious households: survival strategies of artisans in a Southwest German town during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries Dennis A. Frey Jr.; Individualization strategies among city dwellers in contemporary Africa: balancing the shortcomings of community solidarity and the individualism of the struggle for survival Alain Marie; Finding the right balance: financial self-help organizations as sources of security and insecurity in urban Indonesia Hotze Lont; Stepping on two boats: urban strategies of Chinese peasants and their children Danyu Wang.

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In preindustrial Europe, as in developing countries today, much of the population had to struggle to survive. The livelihood of all those who lived by the work of their hands was highly insecure. This book considers the "laboring poor" not simply as victims, but as actively pursuing a whole range of strategies for survival. Sometimes, strategies were successfully integrated within a household, while in other instances the domestic group was split and members preferred to pursue individual strategies. This illuminating book examines the European past using case studies from present-day situations in Asia and Africa.

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