family, stem

Through field studies of family organization, Frédéric Le Play (1806-82) claimed to have distinguished four fundamental family types: namely, patriarchal, unstable, particularist and stem. The stem family was described as a more flexible modification of the patriarchal type. It was said to be typical of Central Europe, Spain, and Scandinavia; was the ideal for stability and prosperity; and consisted of six or seven members, typically free labourers or farm tenants, with clear intergenerational inheritance of either tenancy or smallholding.

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  • stem — 01. Can you cut the [stems] of those roses a little bit shorter? They are too tall for this vase. 02. Most of his problems [stem] from his drinking. 03. Immigration authorities are looking for ways to [stem] the flow of illegal migrants into the… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • stem family — See family, stem …   Dictionary of sociology

  • Stem duchy — Stem duchies (from the German Stammesherzogtum , literally tribal duchy ) were associated with the Frankish Kingdom, especially the East, in the Early Middle Ages. In contrast to later duchies, these entities were not defined by strict… …   Wikipedia

  • Stem — (st[e^]m), n. [AS. stemn, stefn, st[ae]fn; akin to OS. stamn the stem of a ship, D. stam stem, steven stem of a ship, G. stamm stem, steven stem of a ship, Icel. stafn, stamn, stem of a ship, stofn, stomn, stem, Sw. stam a tree trunk, Dan. stamme …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stem leaf — Stem Stem (st[e^]m), n. [AS. stemn, stefn, st[ae]fn; akin to OS. stamn the stem of a ship, D. stam stem, steven stem of a ship, G. stamm stem, steven stem of a ship, Icel. stafn, stamn, stem of a ship, stofn, stomn, stem, Sw. stam a tree trunk,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stem — stem1 [stem] n. [ME < OE stemn, stefn, akin to Ger stamm, tree trunk < IE base * stebh , post, pole > STEP, STAFF1] 1. the main upward growing axis of a plant, having nodes and bearing leaves, usually extending in a direction opposite to …   English World dictionary

  • stem — n. central stalk of a plant; petiole; slender part which connects or supports; main part of a word to which affixes are added (Grammar); family line of descent, ancestry v. arise, come from, originate; remove the stem from; stop, check, dam up;… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • stem|ma — «STEHM uh», noun, plural stem|ma|ta «STEHM uh tuh». 1. the recorded genealogy of an ancient Roman family. 2. a) a geneological tree. b) any chart or diagram showing genetic relationships. 3. Zoology. a simple eye, or a single facet of the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Stem cell — Mouse embryonic st …   Wikipedia

  • stem — {{11}}stem (n.) O.E. stemn, stefn stem of a plant, also either end post of a ship, from P.Gmc. *stamniz (Cf. O.S. stamm, O.N. stafn stem of a ship; Dan. stamme, Swed. stam trunk of a tree; O.H.G. stam, Ger. Stamm), from PIE root *sta …   Etymology dictionary

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