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By Robert Wheaton, Tamara K. Hareven

Someone who's fascinated about the nature of kin lifestyles long ago would definitely locate a lot of curiosity during this e-book. Written by means of wonderful French and American historians, kin and Sexuality in French background contributes both to the knowledge of the French relations particularly and to the research of the family members usually. altering styles in marriage, intercourse roles and family members, where of the family members in pop culture, and family members association are all discussed.Rather than learning the family members in isolation, the authors contemplate where of the within the better kinship community and consider the interactions among kinship and spiritual, academic, criminal, and fiscal associations. They discover how the lifetime of the kin takes under consideration person and collective aspirations, values, and neighborhood pressures, in addition to the industrial and demographic realities. The authors deliver those concerns to existence, utilizing information from real lives, frequently expressed within the phrases of the lads and ladies themselves, as they attempted to reconcile person impulses and desires with long term kin-group innovations.

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The participation of these five groups in the process of marriage formation reflects the complex of elements involved in marriage itself: the right to sexual monopoly and to the issue of such union; the property interests of households, lineages, descent groups, and affines; moral values; political influence; and the maintenance of the social system through the enforcement of rules governing intermarriage between groups, be they age classes, geographical communities, religious confessions, or social strata.

I suggest that post-Tridentine Catholicism, in its negative attitude towards sex even within marriage, thus expressed a sentiment widely felt by the laity that sex was a potentially dangerous social forcepotentially subversive of the system of discipline on which the marriage system was based. Primarily it led young persons willfully to form unsuitable attachments and led Page 18 them into alliances without parental consent; but by the same token, within marriage itself, it could result in the generation of more children than parents could afford, and could thus endanger the social position of the entire kindred.

Against this background it is less difficult to understand why contraceptive practices appeared among both the peasantry and the elite in parts of France in the eighteenth century. Men and women were surely aware that late age of marriage for women effectively limited the number of children they could bear. In this sense "family limitation" had been effectively practiced in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and perhaps earlier. The innovation in eighteenth-century contraception, in his essay below which van de Walle ascribes, faute de mieux, to coitus interruptus, is that the responsibility for its execution rests with the coupleparticularly with the husbandrather than with the group formed by children, parents, or other kin who determined when a couple would marry.

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