By Stuart Woolf

Household concepts bargains a brand new examining of the ancient assets that allows you to comprehend the social family and methods of laboring households towards the association of efficient strategies and institutional preparations in early smooth Europe. not like many different works, the essays in family suggestions position laboring households because the actors at the old scene, instead of as passive recipients of historic adjustments. Conceptual insights derived from either anthropology (Sahlins and Geertz) and sociology (Bourdieu, Elias and Mary Douglas) are utilized to person case experiences of social teams from north-central Italy and the French Alps, and the complete bargains a tremendous new point of view at the operating lives of eu households through the early smooth interval and past.

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In 1618 the bargello of the court of Rapallo, back from Cicagna, said: 'it was barely dawn and the bread-carriers were already on their way' (ASCR, Extraordinariorum 8). 76 A N C , Notaio Lorenzo Leverone ( 1 6 3 1 ) . A S G , Acta Senatus 1427. ASG, Antica Finanza 822. W. Mintz, 'Men, Women, and Trade', Comparative Studies in Society and History, 13, 1971, pp. 247-69. 42 Osvaldo Raggio This specific business initiative did not exclude the participation of the millers' kin in other activities linked with the exchange circuits and in transports.

36 Osvaldo Raggio between local groups and merchants from the towns illustrate their common dependence on the opportunities offered by transits and external resources. But the language of these relations - always described as 'friendship' or 'enmity'55 - demonstrates that the social effects of economic and practical interests were dependent upon the forms of social and political organization and upon local culture. The social context of the inland valleys was extremely coercive. Local society was organized according to a system of relations of a political, juridical, fiscal and ritual nature classified as 'kinship' relations.

Transit, oil merchants and middlemen The central role of transit towards the Po valley was a plurisecular constant. Relations between merchants of the two towns and the populations of the valleys of the hinterland were structured around them. In these valleys olive production was practically non existent and other negotiable products were rare. In the hinterlands olive trees did not bear fruit and the wine, sour and insipid, was either destined for domestic use or sold to local innkeepers. The structural deficit of cereal production and the fragility of self-sufficiency were common to the two areas, but hinterland agricultural subsistence activities were organized almost exclusively around chestnut cultivation, exploitation of the woods and sparse pastures.

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