The study of family and inheritance systems is a traditionally anthropological one. Dr Davis has examined a South Italian town with records from 1814 and concludes that the present 'typical' European system is of recent adoption, a response to the gradual and peculiar integration of Pisticci into a nation-state and national economy. The account of landholding distinguishes carefully between legal rights and informal cessions of land, and agriculture is put into the context of other economic activities. Dr Davis emphasises the structural importance of kin, family and neighbourhood relationships as bases for the creation of more ephemeral ties of friendship, clientage and network.
Table of Contents
I. INTRODUCTION 1 2. MARRIAGE 22 3. FAMILIES, KINSHIP AND NEIGHBOURHOOD: I 42 4. FAMILIES, KINSHIP AND NEIGHBOURHOOD: II 59 5. THE DISTRIBUTION OF LAND IN PISTICCI, 1814-1960 73 6. WORK 92 7. FRAGMENTATION AT CAPOROTONDO 107 8. RIGHTS AND RESOURCES 119 9. SOME EFFECTS OF MODERNIZATION PROGRAMMES 146 10. LAND TENURE, KINSHIP AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE 157 APPENDICES 163 I. The natural environment of Pisticci, 163 II. The distribution of population, March 1963, 166 III. Some points of family law, 169 IV. The Cadaster, 185 V. Equivalent measures, 188 VI. Synoptic chart of work required to cultivate one hectare of plain land under various crops, 189 LIST OF WORKS CITED 193INDEX 195
J. Davis is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent.