Anthropology and History in Franche-Comte: A Critique of Social Theory

Hardcover | December 21, 2000

byRobert Layton

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This is a study of continuity and change in rural France based on fieldwork carried out over a period of 25 years, and on historical documents spanning more than 300 years. Producer co-operatives have existed in Franche-Comte since the thirteenth century. Communities there, unlike modernEnglish villages, are highly corporate. Robert Layton explores the relationships between inheritance rules, management of common land, household labour, and inter- household relations, as well as the impact on villages of national politics and economy. Comparison with other regions of Western Europeallows a reinterpretation of the eighteenth-century enclosures in England. Layton presents a dialogue between ethnography and social theory, and argues for a revision of the theories of Marx, Giddens, and Bourdieu so as to better explain the mechanisms of continuity, change, and adaptation in sociallife.

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This is a study of continuity and change in rural France based on fieldwork carried out over a period of 25 years, and on historical documents spanning more than 300 years. Producer co-operatives have existed in Franche-Comte since the thirteenth century. Communities there, unlike modernEnglish villages, are highly corporate. Robert La...

Professor of Anthropology, University of Durham

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:406 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:December 21, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199241996

ISBN - 13:9780199241996

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