By Stevan Harrell
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For example, if the difference between Japanese farmers and fishers is parallel to the difference between Portuguese farmers and fishers, we can confidently attribute this difference to the nature of adaptation of family systems to farming and fishing economies. Evolution, History, and the Great Transformations So far, I have discussed only the way in which the content of familybased activities can influence family organization, and how we can sort out this influence from that of historical contingency or cultural tradition.
I am proposing here a vision of history that is similar to all these models, an idea that human societies have undergone a series of revolutions or transformations (I prefer the latter term, since its political connotations are relatively neutral), each of them altering the fundamental conditions of existence and shaping the fundamental principles which guide human agents in setting and pursuing their life goals. There have been three of these transformations, pro- Explaining Family Variation 31 d ucing four major stages in human history so far: nomadic bands were transformed into rank societies by the sedentarization transformation; rank societies became complex societies by the class transformation; and complex societies became modem societies by the industrial (or, more accurately, the industrial/ scientific) transformation.
A family's economic standing is thus based on the protection or prevention of its rights to certain kinds of property, backed by the state. At the same time, the enabling connection is important also, since the products of family property and labor determine the status that a family can have in the public sphere. (This does not deny that status may be ascribed in many complex societies. But this status, as well as any status based on accumulation of resources, is protected by the public sphere and necessary for certain kinds of public participation.