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Structure and mobility : the men and women of Marseille, 1820-1870 /
William H. Sewell, Jr.
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Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press ; Paris : Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 1985.
description
xvi, 377 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521262372
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imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press ; Paris : Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 1985.
isbn
0521262372
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
3155749
 
Bibliography: p. 362-369.
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Appeared in Choice on 1985-12:
Sewell's new study of urban growth, immigration, and occupational mobility in Marseille appears five years after his sweeping and controversial Work and Revolution in France (CH, May '81). This new book, an expansion of his doctoral research, is a quantitative analysis of marriage records from five selected years during the period 1821-69, supplemented by the 1851 census and other sources. Sewell divides the text neatly, if unimaginatively, into two parts, ``Structure'' and ``Mobility.'' Using fairly basic statistics, he explores, among others, the relationships between status and occupation, the mobility of women and men, literacy and mobility, and immigration and criminality. He asks important questions and answers them intelligently, often innovatively. Sewell portrays a Marseille in which an energetic mix of immigrants imposed itself on a traditional mercantile society without completely displacing it. Tables, charts, illustrations, and computer-generated maps. Upper division undergraduate readership and above.-J.K. Pringle, Villanova University
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This book is a sociological portrait of Marseille during the epochal changes of the nineteenth century. Sewell establishes a systematic quantitative description of some of the most important social structures of nineteenth-century Marseille. Although deeply influenced by sociological methods and theories, the volume is written on the basis of readability and simplicity, and therefore has much to offer to the historian as well as the sociologist.
Main Description
First published in 1985, Structure and Mobility was intended to be a sociological portrait of Marseille during the epochal changes of the nineteenth century. Working principally from marriage registers of the period, Professor Sewell brought together a vast range of evidence concerning patterns of residence, occupational recruitment, literacy, intermarriage, friendship, and occupational mobility for virtually every category of the population. From this data, Sewell was able to establish a systematic quantitative description of some of the most important social structures and social processes of nineteenth-century Marseille. Although deeply influenced by sociological methods and theories, the volume was written on the basis of readability and simplicity, and therefore has much to offer to the historian as well as the sociologist.
Main Description
This book traces the processes and social consequences of rapid economic and urban growth in the great French port of Marseille during the nineteenth century. Basing his analysis primarily on a detailed examination of marriage registers and other forms of quantitative data, the author describes changes both in the major structures of urban society - economic, occupational, residential, and demographic - and in patterns of social mobility. Professor Sewell's analysis of migration into Marseille challenges the commonly held notion that migration to cities during the nineteenth century led to widespread social and personal deterioration. He demonstrates instead that many immigrants were surprisingly well-prepared for urban life and took full advantage of the opportunities for upward mobility afforded by rapid economic growth. He pays particularly close attention to the social experience of women, providing the most detailed quantitative study of women's social mobility to be found in the literature of social history.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Marseilles and urban history
Structure
The economic structure
The occupational structure
Occupational status
The urban framework
The demography of urban growth
Mobility
Migration
Dangerous classes?
Social mobility: men
Social mobility: women
Conclusion: transformation from without.
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