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Collection « Les sciences sociales contemporaines »

Rethinking Households. An atomistic perspective on European living arrangements (1998)
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Une édition électronique réalisée à partir du livre de Michel Verdon, Rethinking Households. An atomistic perspective on European living arrangements. London and New York: Routledge, 1998, 220 pp. Collection : ROUTLEDGE RESEARCH IN GENDER AND SOCIETY. Une édition numérique réalisée par Marcelle Bergeron, bénévole, professeure à la retraite de l'École polyvalente Dominique-Racine de Chicoutimi, Ville de Saguenay. [Autorisation de l'auteur accordée le 15 septembre 2007.]

RETHINKING HOUSEHOLDS 

 

The study of living arrangements has been undertaken by various disciplines in the social sciences, such as family history, anthropology, demography and household economics. This resulted in independent formulations, often disparate and contradictory, some of which assume that household formation depends on a natural desire of individuals or married couples to live together (collectivism), others presuppose the contrary (atomism), and most unwittingly mingle both points of view simultaneously. 

From a multidisciplinary perspective, Michel Verdon proves in this study the absurdity of 'collectivistic sets of suppositions', building a powerful case for a radically new atomistic perspective on living arrangements. Recognizing residence as a separate and crucial dimension of reality, he submits that contradictions in the European cultural code yield on the part of families and of adults not constituting parts of couples a spontaneous preference to reside independently of others. The reasons why they do not do so in some places and at some moments in time are contingent on various economic and political constraints. 

The author has thoroughly surveyed the theoretical literature in the various disciplines dealing with living arrangements and found it possible to unify them all under this new 'atomistic set of suppositions'. Straddling the fields of anthropology and family history while borrowing key insights from household economics and demography, this book aims at dispelling a host of false assumptions in much of the literature on living arrangements while introducing a new framework for multidisciplinary communication and analysis. 

Born in Montreal Michel Verdon studied anthropology at the Université de Montréal and at Cambridge University where he obtained his PhD in social anthropology in 1975. He taught social anthropology at Cambridge from 1979 to 1984 and is now Professor of Anthropology at the Université de Montréal. He is the author of Keynes and the Classics, also published by Routledge.



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