Loglinear Analysis of Intergenerational Mobility in Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Anatolia

Ergene B. A., Kaygun A.

JOURNAL OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE ORIENT, vol.57, pp.669-702, 2014 (SSCI) identifier identifier


In this article we use loglinear techniques to examine intergenerational mobility patterns in eighteenth-century Ottoman Kastamonu. The research is based on estate inventories (terekes) and involves an analysis of the honorific titles of fathers and sons. The article demonstrates how father-son title-sharing was structured across different socio-economic groups and reveals the possible avenues of intergenerational status mobility. In addition, the article identifies temporal shifts in mobility patterns: In the late eighteenth century, intergenerational transitions linking elite title-holders and the lower echelons of the society became weaker. Also, cross-establishment transitions involving elite military and religious title-holders became less likely.