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le Play Society

  A society founded in England in 1930 to promote fieldwork and regional survey in sociology and geography. It was named after a nineteenth-century engineer, Frédéric le Play, who published accounts of the places he visited (e.g. Les ouvriers européen, 1855) and developed a schema (with strong environmental determinism overtones) of place-work-family to encapsulate the major features of local societies. The Society was disbanded in 1960, having organized 71 major field surveys and published eight monographs during its existence. (RJJ)

Suggested Reading Beaver, S.H. 1962: The le Play Society and fieldwork. Geography 40: 225-40. Herbertson, D. 1950: The life of Frédéric le Play. Ledbury: le Play House Press.



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