Rural History 2015

Panel 59

Organizers: García González, Francisco (1); Birriel Salcedo, Margarita (2)

Affiliation: 1: Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain; 2: Universidad de Granada, Spain

Title: House, family and Social History. New proposals and lines of research in the rural Europe, from XVI to XIX century

The aim of this paper is to confirm the degree of relationship between the evolution of the domestic spaces, the transformations in the family and the changes in society in the rural world. The house is a space where the social action takes place, where life is established and also the social relations. This study enables us to provide a cross-section where many topics join together in aspects that may be analyzed closely linked. Besides the typology or morphology of the house, it is interesting to approach to the degree of complexity of the social scheme. House and family make up a tandem with a great methodological potentiality in order to know the foundation of all social organization and the peculiarities of this system of relationships.
From a wide temporal perspective we intend to test how the domestic has progressively being meaningful in that ambiguous border that separates the public and the private; connecting those indoor elements with the outdoor ones, the individual life and the community life, or how the new material and symbolic divisions express different ways of social and familiar relations. In this paper we don´t pretend to focus our attention in the house as the architectural and distributive materialization. It is important to provide new methodological proposals to deal with it as a social fact. We should also contemplate it as a combination of signals that correspond to a certain system of representations and a particular social hierarchy. If the house is a reflection of its inhabitants, we must reclaim the difference from the research perspective because it expresses the unequal strategies of reproduction that are carried out.


Papers (part I)

Chair: Amanda Flather, University of Essex, UK

Paper 1: Gender and the meaning of home in the early modern plebeian household. [+]

Amanda Flather, University of Essex, UK

Paper 2. An analysis of marriage in rural areas during the Modern Age. New perspectives from the field of social history. The case of 18th-19th century Murcia.

Juan Francisco Henarejos López. University of Murcia, Spain.

Paper 3: House, family and work. Women and children of Baix Empordà in the 19th century. [+]

Margarita López Antón, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain

Paper 4. The rural house in eighteenth-century inland Spain. Household, constructive differences and social inequalities.

Francisco García González, University of Castilla La Mancha, Spain; Carmen Hernández López, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Paper 5. House and family: two different Western-European rural models. Westphalia (north-western Germany) and Groningen (northern Netherlands), 1780 – 1850 [+]

Christine Fertig, University of Münster, Germany; and Richard Paping, University of Groningen, The Netherlands


Papers (part II)

Chair: Amanda Flather, University of Essex, UK

Paper 6. The Domestic Space in Rural Spain (Andalucía, 18th century)

Margarita M. Birriel Salcedo, University of Granada, Spain

Paper 7. Changes in the consumption patterns of cotton textiles and calicoes in Catalonia during the 18th century [+]

Lídia Torra Fernández, ESCI-UPF, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Paper 8. The country house and social elites in eighteenth century, Spain [+]

Natalia González Heras, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Paper 9. The place of the rural servant (Italy, 19th-20th c.)

Raffaella Sarti, Università degli Studi di Urbino 'Carlo Bo', Italy

Paper 10. Inside and out. The master gardener’s house as a social space.

Åsa Ahrland, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden


Suggested deadline for sending completed papers 31 july 2015

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