chapter  6
Gendered houses: kinship, class and identity in a German village
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The subject of this essay concerns the linkages between buildings, social groups and cultural categories in a German village.l Up until the present day houses are named after ancestresses born around 1850.2 When considering the emergence, continuity and meaning of the village naming system I will first outline the economic and social transformations of the last century. I will then concentrate on changing male and female identities within the processes of industrialisation and labour migration. The discussion will contribute to an understanding of the construction of local identity which focuses on the house as a central category in peoples' thinking about belonging.