Sibling Relations in Family History: Conflicts, Cooperation and Gender Roles (Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries)
Title: Sibling Relations in Family History: Conflicts, Cooperation and Gender Roles (Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries)
Publisher: European Review of History
Citation: European Review of History/Revue européenne d’histoire, 2010, 17, 5, Special Issue
The texts presented here deal with sibling relations from a variety of perspectives: marriage laws, family lawsuits, transatlantic migration, the orphaned condition, family memory, the uses of domestic and educational spaces, and property transfers and exchanges (…). All the articles, each in its different way, suggest the centrality of horizontal ties to our understanding of family material and emotional dynamics and the shaping of the personal and social experience of individuals, both in aristocratic and non-aristocratic families. They all challenge the assumption that brothers and sisters were purely economically oriented and that the primogeniture system only caused anger among siblings. On the contrary, they emphasise the working of reciprocity, negotiation and cooperation, and place the sibling tie within a wider network of kinship interactions taking into account bilateral kin, cognates and in-laws. Far from being a fixed structure, the family was an idea in process, in constant renegotiation by its members, and cadets and sisters appear to play an active role in this social interaction.
Table of Contents:
Sibling relations in family history: conflicts, co-operation and gender roles in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. An introduction (G. Calvi and C. Blutrach-Jelín); La fratrie: des frères ou des individus? (G. Delille); Legal enemies, beloved brothers: high nobility, family conflict and the aristocrats’ two bodies in early-modern Castile (A. Terrasa); Sibling relations in Spanish emigration to Latin America, 1560-1620 (A. Almorza); Orphaned siblings and noble families in baroque Rome (S. Feci); Brother-sister ‘love’ and family memory in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Castile: the third Count of Fernán Núñez and the Convent of La Concepción (C. Blutrach-Jelín); Fraterniteé, sororiteé et les espaces pour les cultiver à Rome et a Sienne (XVIIe-XIXe siècles) (B. Borello); Brothers, sisters and the rearrangements of property on the Sicilian island of Stromboli in the nineteenth century (I. Fazio)
This special issue is based on the proceedings during the Workshop 'SIBLINGS RELATIONS in FAMILY HISTORY: Conflicts, cooperation and gender roles' organized by Prof. Giulia Calvi and Carolina Blutrach at the Department of History and Civilization of the European University Institute on 22-23 February 2008.