Doing House and Neighbourhood

Eibach, Joachim (April 2014). Doing House and Neighbourhood (Unpublished). In: European Social Science History Conference. Wien. 24.04.2014.

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The paper will focus on basic ways of communication between the actors in the house and home and their direct social environments (esp. neighbourhood) during the early modern period. Such ways of communication were established in and through work relations, sociability, social control and certain liminal rites. So far underestimated, the neighbourhood was both helpful and inevitable to keep house and household running. A typical aspect of the practice of communication was the importance of repetitive performative events in everyday life. In order to establish and maintain social relations, the honour of the ‘house’ as such and fundamental roles like housefather and housemother had to be performed under the eyes of neighbours and other actors. Thus, empirical evidence reveals the house and home as a specific kind of stage.

In contrast to the outdated concept of ‘das ganze Haus’ (the whole house) by Otto Brunner and also a reduced socioeconomic understanding of household, the openness of the house proves to be a highly relevant feature of early modern society. This openness refers to accessibility, visibility and control. The paper will explain the proposed concept and analyse concrete examples from work and wedding.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History

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Eibach, Joachim


900 History




Keith Cann-Guthauser

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01 Apr 2015 16:12

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01 Apr 2015 16:12


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