Based on the analysis of the socio-professional structures provided by some modern-day censuses and neighbourhoods, the author attempts to assess the situation in Zamora in the mid-16th century. The traditional division between primary, secondary and tertiary activities is an artificial resource due to the mixed occupations, but it does help to understand the main occupation within the labour activity of the active population.
In the cities, as opposed to the much more ruralised suburbs, where the primary sector takes precedence over the rest, there is usually a central nucleus dedicated to craft and service trades. It is in this urban case where the demographic weight of the city is maintained, and where the author focuses on analysing the professional structure in more detail. The detailed analysis shows that by volume, the secondary sector accounts for more than half of the active population of the urban area, followed by the tertiary sector with 38.10% and the primary sector employing practically a tenth of the population.
Project: 4. Family, daily life and social inequality in Europe.
Scope: Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, University, Postgraduate
Resource type: Statistics
Source: Rueda, J. C. (1984). "Introducción al estudio de la economía zamorana a mediados del siglo XVI: su estructura socio-profesional en 1561", en Studia histórica. Historia moderna, nº 2, p. 123.
Owner: Roberto José Alcalde López (Modernalia)
Copyright: ©Studia historica. Historia moderna ©José Carlos Rueda Fernández
Abstract: The table divides the professional groups in Zamora according to the sector to which they belong (1561)Image