Independence and inter-dependence: Household formation patterns in eighteenth century Kythera, Greece (2011)

Author(s): Hionidou V

    Abstract: While earlier hypotheses concerning the household formation patterns of Greek populations were proved mistaken, further hypotheses have been proposed. Though the small number of existing studies prevents us from conclusively describing the household formation patterns in nineteenth century Greece, no studies exist referring to eighteenth century. This paper examines the household formation patterns on eighteenth century Kythera using nominal census and notarial sources. It demonstrates that Kythera did not belong either to the West or to the East, as these were described by Hajnal; neither did its household formation system conform to Laslett's Mediterranean tendency in quotation marks. The widespread prevalence of nuclear households in Kythera disguised the strong economic links between the paternal household and those of his sons. Thus, the residential independence, as demonstrated in the quantitative analysis of the census, contrasts the economic inter-dependence between the paternal and the son's households, as depicted in the qualitative notarial sources.

      • Date: 31-05-2011
      • Journal: The History of the Family
      • Volume: 16
      • Issue: 3
      • Pages: 217-234
      • Publisher: Pergamon
      • Publication type: Article
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Dr Violetta Hionidou
      Head of History, Senior Lecturer in Modern European History