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Family, Political Economy, and Demographic Change
The Transformation of Life in Casalecchio, Italy, 1861–1921
David I. Kertzer and Dennis P. Hogan

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Family, Political Economy, and Demographic Change represents an unprecedented interdisciplinary effort to discover how changes in family life and demographic behavior actually occurred in this crucial period, and how people's lives were affected. The book takes issue with a number of the most influential demographic and sociological theories dealing with the evolution of the Western family and the factors responsible for fertility decline.

As in so many other parts of Europe, the northern Italian community of Casalecchio experienced massive social and economic changes in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Characterized by sharecropping agriculture and large, complex family households, the community faced the effects of industrialization, urbanization, and dramatic political change. Making use of unusually rich archival sources to reconstruct the live of 19,000 people who lived in Casalecchio during this period, Kertzer and Hogan challenge many current generalizations regarding the emergence of modern European society.

David Kertzer
is professor of anthropology and Italian studies at Brown University. He has written several books including, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, Prisoner of the Vatican, Comrades and Christians: Religion an Political Struggle in Communist Italy, Family Life in Central Italy, 1880-1910: Sharecropping, Wage Labor, and Coresidense, and Ritual, Politics and Power. Dennis Hogan is professor of sociology and the Robert E. Turner Distinguished Professor of Population Studies at Brown University. He is the author of Transitions and Social Change: The Early Lives of American Men, and numerous articles on the demographic implications of social and economic changes in both western and nonwestern societies.

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December 1989

LC: 89-040259 HN
304 pp.   6 x 9
14 illus.

The 1989 cloth edition of this book, ISBN 978-0-299-12190-7, is out of print, but the paperback is still available.

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