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Social change in modern France: towards a cultural anthropology of the Fifth Republic

Mendras, H. and Cole, Alistair Mark 1991. Social change in modern France: towards a cultural anthropology of the Fifth Republic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Abstract

Social Change in Modern France is concerned with the radical transformations which have taken place within French society since the mid-twentieth century. The authors contended that these changes constitute a revolution in French affairs as important as that of 1789. From the late 1950s onwards, 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.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DC France
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521399982
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2018 13:55
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/56461

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