Translation of the Italian word "borgese"

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Translation of the Italian word "borgese"

Postby rp76226 » 16 Aug 2014, 04:23

borgese, appears as a profession, on some Italian birth records. What does it mean?

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Re: Translation of the Italian word "borgese"

Postby erudita74 » 16 Aug 2014, 08:26

rp76226 wrote:borgese, appears as a profession, on some Italian birth records. What does it mean?


Online Italian occupation lists say that the English equivalent of the Italian word borgese is middle class. But this definition doesn't really tell us what this occupation involved:

According to Prof Rudolph Bell in his book, Fate, Honor, Family and Village, borgese: were small landowners (p. 228).
According to Prof Gabaccia in her book, Militants and Rural Sicilians Become American Workers-p. 40-Like the agricoltore (farmer), borgese were middle peasants. They owned or leased, on a long term basis, plots of land that were one, two, or three hectares* in size. They also possessed substantial houses and work animals.
A hectare* was 10,000 square meters, or 100 meters by 100 meters. For people in the U.S., like me, one hectare was the equivalent 2.471 acres.
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Re: Translation of the Italian word "borgese"

Postby dmt1955 » 17 Aug 2014, 00:40

thanks for this explanation, erudita. I found it very helpful. i have many 'agricoltori' in my ancestry and i have a better sense of just what that means.

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Re: Translation of the Italian word "borgese"

Postby erudita74 » 17 Aug 2014, 05:09

dmt1955 wrote:thanks for this explanation, erudita. I found it very helpful. i have many 'agricoltori' in my ancestry and i have a better sense of just what that means.

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Hi Donna
Glad the references clarified some things for you.
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