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Families, Status and Dynasties



Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Riitta Jallinoja
    Pages 1-17
  3. Riitta Jallinoja
    Pages 19-89
  4. Riitta Jallinoja
    Pages 91-150
  5. Riitta Jallinoja
    Pages 151-193
  6. Riitta Jallinoja
    Pages 195-224
  7. Riitta Jallinoja
    Pages 225-256
  8. Riitta Jallinoja
    Pages 257-276
  9. Riitta Jallinoja
    Pages 277-292
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 293-330

About this book


This book takes a novel approach to family, exploring in detail how status is inherited and maintained within families; the process of upward social mobility; and how the roots of social decline start within families. The author also examines how rigidly status equivalence determines choice of spouse. Exceptionally extensive in its coverage, the book ranges from the seventeenth century to the present day, across a large range of European countries and part of the United States, and across several class groups, including royalty, nobility and entrepreneurial dynasties, as well as families of professionals, artists and those in lower ranks. The book also discusses the viability of the central sociological concepts of class and status. The book will be of interest to scholars and students in the areas of family sociology, history, social equality and inequality and class and elitism research.


sociology hierarchy wealth marriage royals nobility heredity society monarchy status

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

About the authors

Riitta Jallinoja  is Professor Emerita of Family Sociology at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her publications include Families and Kinship in Contemporary Europe, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Families, Status and Dynasties
  • Book Subtitle 1600-2000
  • Authors Riitta Jallinoja
  • Series Title Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-58072-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-84540-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-58073-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 330
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Family
    Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
    Social Structure, Social Inequality
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