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Author Mendras, Henri.

Title Social change in modern France : towards a cultural anthropology of the Fifth Republic / Henri Mendras with Alistair Cole
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press ; Paris : Editions de la maison des Sciences de l'homme, 1991


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Description viii, 254 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents The Breaking-Up of Traditional Class Structures -- The bourgeois, the workers and the peasants -- The transformation of the social classes: the triumph of the central constellation -- The De-Mystification of the Great National Institutions -- The army and the church -- Working-class institutions -- The national education system -- The new national consensus -- A village democracy -- The Stages of Life -- The strength of kinship -- Men and women -- Young and old -- A New Civilisation -- Changing lifestyles -- The cultural explosion -- A moral revolution?
Summary "Social Change in Modern France is concerned with the radical transformations which have taken place within French society during the past thirty years. The authors contend that these changes constitute a revolution in French affairs as important as that of 1789. Since the late 1950s the traditional social structures of the Third Republic have been transformed: peasantry and bourgeoisie have disappeared or mutated; the great national institutions of church, army, trade unions and schools have declined or severely weakened, and a late and rapid industrialisation has wrought profound economic changes. Even the French Communist Party has become a virtual irrelevance." "All these institutions, so characteristic of French society throughout the Third Republic, have now ceased to be the object of major conflicts and tensions. In their stead local institutions, voluntary associations and the family have acquired a renewed strength and serve as the basic network for social relations and social life. Traditional French 'joie de vivre' has become diversified, and expressed in a series of varied lifestyles. In contrast to the conventional analysis of a conflictive, endemically unstable country, Mendras and Cole regard contemporary France as a sturdy and cohesive society, based on widespread consensus." "Social Change in Modern France is intended both for students studying contemporary French affairs and that wider public anxious to know more about the current state of French society as '1992' approaches. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET
Analysis France
Social change
Notes Originally published in French as: La Seconde Révolution française. Paris : Gallimard, 1988
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-251) and index
Notes Originally published in French as: La Seconde Révolution française. Paris : Gallimard, 1988
Translation of: La seconde revolution Française
Subject Ethnology -- France.
France -- History -- 1958-
France -- Social life and customs.
Author Cole, Alistair, 1959-
LC no. 90001493
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