This article aims to demonstrate the significant role children play in new suburban communities, and in particular, the extent to which their circuits of sociability contribute to social cohesion in the suburbs. The discussion is located within the field of sociology of childhood, which argues that children are active agents who help to create and sustain social bonds within their neighborhoods. Drawing on focus group discussions and short essays by children on “The place where I live,” we paint a picture of how suburban life is interpreted and experienced from a child's perspective. We argue that children develop a particular suburban sensibility that structures their view of their estate, the wider neighborhood, and the metropolitan core. Although children express considerable degrees of satisfaction with suburban life, they are critical of the forces that increasingly limit their access to suburban public space.
Mary P. Corcoran, Jane Gray, and Michel Peillon
The Dreyfus Affair in the Notebooks of Henri Vever
Willa Z. Silverman
This article analyzes representations of the Dreyfus Affair in the private diaries written between 1898 and 1901 by Henri Vever, a prominent Art Nouveau jeweler, art collector, and small-town mayor. The important place accorded the Affair in these “ordinary writings“ by an individual with no direct engagement in it offers an opportunity to assess how historical events become enmeshed with private life, mentalités, and sociability. Further, Vever's notebooks reveal position taking during the Affair as a complex phenomenon, in Vever's case influenced by circumstances encompassing his identity as both a native of Lorraine, marked by France's defeat in 1870, and a Republican notable and Parisian businessman. While Vever's notebooks corroborate some standard themes of Dreyfus Affair historiography, including the importance of the press and the eclipsing of the Affair by the 1900 World's Fair, they also nuance the idea of a rigid ideological division between Dreyfusards and anti-Dreyfusards.
Jeffrey H. Jackson
By the 1920s, the physical transformation in the urban space of Montmartre led two groups of artists to "secede" from the city of Paris, at least in spirit. Calling themselves the Commune Libre de Montmartre and the République de Montmartre, these painters, illustrators, poets, writers, and musicians articulated a distinctive community-based identity centered around mutual aid, sociability, and limiting urban development. They also reached out to the poor of the neighborhood through charity efforts, thus linking their fates with those of other area residents. Through these organizations, neighborhood artists came to terms with the changes taking place in the city of Paris in the 1920s by navigating between nostalgia and modernism. They sought to keep alive an older vision of the artists' Montmartre while adapting to the new conditions of the post-World War I city.
Donatella della Porta
Argentina not only bridged calls for transformation of the educational system with a quest for democracy but also situated calls for the transformation of sociability and everyday practices within a revolutionary movement against colonialism and imperialism
Hub of the Nationalist Underground, Paris 1926–1962
movements in nineteenth-century France have shown in some detail how, at the micro-level, urban clubs, associations, and chambrées sustained forms of sociability in which a popular radical tradition took root, often hidden away from the eyes of the police
The Émigré Novel, Nostalgia, and National Identity, 1797–1815
Mary Ashburn Miller
less happy in my exile, for I have not brought the bones of my fathers with me.” 44 In reality, of course, most émigrés were not alone; they established communities of sociability. Famously, Juniper Hall—Fanny Burney’s residence in Surrey
Romantic Socialism and the Afterlife of a Cross-Sex Friendship in French Political Culture, 1880–1929
to gossip that Vallès had himself turned “womanly” ( femmelette ). 35 At London tables of fraternal sociability, Vallès envisioned a subversive female rebel putting the Parisian bourgeoisie against the wall. In the tradition of pre-Marxist French
important question is how to develop new forms of sociability that may result from the fragile position of modern forms of precarity as well. The areas of web technology and online social networks give rise to new occupational fields and occupations. While
Fainting, Homosociality, and Elite Male Culture in Middle English Romance
Rachel E. Moss
networks into which some privileged fraternities open doors, the overriding reason men would give for joining was because they wanted access to what they saw as a desirable sociable environment populated by other young men who shared similar values and
Edward Berenson, Elinor Accampo, Joseph Bohling, and Michael Seidman
increase resentment. Children of long-term chômeurs are more likely to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Mass unemployment not only destroys traditions of solidarity and sociability of the working-class movement but also “l’ethos collectif de la société