Howell, Martha C.

Women, Production, and Patriarchy in Late Medieval Cities. - Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009. - 1 online resource (303 p.) - eBooks on Demand Women in Culture and Society . - Women in Culture and Society .

Contents; Foreword; Preface; Introduction; Part 1: Women''s Work in Medieval Cities of Northern Europe; 1. A Framework for Understanding Women''s Work; 2. The Sex-Gender System and Economic Systems; Part 2: Empirical Studies: Leiden and Cologne; 3. The Socioeconomic Structure of Leiden; 4. Women''s Work in Leiden''s Market Production; 5. The Socioeconomic Structure of Cologne; 6. Women''s Work in Cologne''s Market Production; Part 3: Points of Intersection; 7. The Comparative Perspective: Lier, Douai, Frankfurt am Main; 8. Women''s Work and Social Change; Appendixes 1. Income from Leiden''s Strikerye2. Archival Sources for Leiden; 3. Population fo Leiden in 1498; Notes; Works Cited; Index

In this bold reinterpretation of Women''s changing labor status during the late medieval and early modern period, Martha C. Howell argues that women''s work was the product of the intersection of two systems, one cultural and one economic. Howell shows forcefully that patriarchal family structure, not capitalist development per se, was a decisive factor in determining women''s work. Women could enjoy high labor status if they worked within a family production unit or if their labor did not interfere with their domestic responsibilities or threaten male control of a craft or trade.

9780226355061 45.00 (NL)

Europe, Northern.
Middle Ages, 500-1500.

Electronic books.

HD6134 HD6134.H69 HD6134.H69 1986

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