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Genealogy and sociology: A Preliminary Set of Statements and Speculations

Genealogy and sociology: A Preliminary Set of Statements and Speculations
Genealogy and sociology: A Preliminary Set of Statements and Speculations
The intention of this paper is to establish the importance for sociology of genealogy. Genealogy has been a practice in many cultures and throws light upon the way in which families have conducted themselves in the past. It additionally demonstrates the cultural and ideological importance of the establishment of pedigrees and descents for particular families, subcultures and societies. Further, genealogy is becoming an increasingly popular and highly time consuming recreational activity and as such is a phenomenon worthy of sociological research. It is also to be noted that a number of important historical works utilising genealogical research have been much under-used by sociologists. They provide a useful source for sociologists seeking to explain the extent and consequences of family life and kin relations in periods of particularly marked social change.
genealogy sociology
0038-0385
275-292
Erben, Michael
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Erben, Michael
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Erben, Michael (1991) Genealogy and sociology: A Preliminary Set of Statements and Speculations. Sociology, 25 (2), 275-292. (doi:10.1177/0038038591025002008).

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The intention of this paper is to establish the importance for sociology of genealogy. Genealogy has been a practice in many cultures and throws light upon the way in which families have conducted themselves in the past. It additionally demonstrates the cultural and ideological importance of the establishment of pedigrees and descents for particular families, subcultures and societies. Further, genealogy is becoming an increasingly popular and highly time consuming recreational activity and as such is a phenomenon worthy of sociological research. It is also to be noted that a number of important historical works utilising genealogical research have been much under-used by sociologists. They provide a useful source for sociologists seeking to explain the extent and consequences of family life and kin relations in periods of particularly marked social change.

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Published date: 1991
Keywords: genealogy sociology

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Local EPrints ID: 26697
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/26697
ISSN: 0038-0385
PURE UUID: e126d596-07cd-4851-904a-fa2efab522c3

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Date deposited: 10 Apr 2006
Last modified: 30 May 2018 16:31

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