Conclusion: Normative Reproduction and Change over Time

Henry French and Mark Rothery

in Man's Estate

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199576692
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738852 | DOI:
Conclusion: Normative Reproduction and Change over Time

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The Conclusion draws together the analyses of the reception and projection of societal values, particularly issues of intergenerational transmission, and relates these to the central interpretation of the volume about stereotypes and processes of cultural change. It shows that there is only limited evidence of sharp-edged differences in values between generations in these families, and that these changes appear not to correspond to the deep ‘hegemonic shifts’. Instead, at the deepest level, among Bourdieu's unconsidered, ‘common-sense’ habituating knowledge of the world, little changed in terms of the expected power relationships between men and women, parents and children, elder and younger siblings, heirs and secondary legatees. These fundamental distributions of power and authority shaped more conscious ideas of male honour, virtue, reputation and autonomy. The continued stress on family heritage, dynastic traditions and the future security of the family patrimony acted as important sources of normative conservatism in the training of young gentlemen, and the values imparted to them.

Keywords: family values; social reproduction; hegemony; habitus; common sense; honour; conservatism

Chapter.  7142 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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