Structure and Mobility: The Men and Women of Marseille, 1820-1870

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 26, 1985 - History - 377 pages
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This book traces the processes and social consequences of rapid economic and urban growth in the great French port of Marseille during the nineteenth century. Basing his analysis primarily on a detailed examination of marriage registers and other forms of quantitative data, the author describes changes both in the major structures of urban society - economic, occupational, residential, and demographic - and in patterns of social mobility. Professor Sewell's analysis of migration into Marseille challenges the commonly held notion that migration to cities during the nineteenth century led to widespread social and personal deterioration. He demonstrates instead that many immigrants were surprisingly well-prepared for urban life and took full advantage of the opportunities for upward mobility afforded by rapid economic growth. He pays particularly close attention to the social experience of women, providing the most detailed quantitative study of women's social mobility to be found in the literature of social history.
 

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Contents

Marseille and urban history
1
The economic structure
15
The occupational structure
44
Occupational status
74
The urban framework
101
The demography of urban growth
146
Dangerous classes?
213
men
234
women
270
Transformation from without
313
Occupations practiced in Marseille
327
Estimating artisan employers
338
Notes
346
Bibliography
362
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