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Women and Work in Premodern Europe Experiences, Relationships and Cultural Representation, c. 1100-1800

Bailey, Merridee; Colwell, Tania and Hotchin, Julie (2018) Women and Work in Premodern Europe Experiences, Relationships and Cultural Representation, c. 1100-1800. Routledge, Abingdon. 244pp. ISBN 9781138202023

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Abstract

This book re-evaluates and extends understandings about how work was conceived and what it could entail for women in the premodern period in Europe from c. 1100–1800. It does this by building on the impressive growth in literature on women’s working experiences, and by adopting new interpretive approaches that expand received assumptions about what constituted ‘“work’” for women. While attention to the diversity of women’s contributions to the economy has done much to make the breadth of women’s experiences of labour visible, this volume takes a more expansive conceptual approach to the notion of work and considers the social and cultural dimensions in which activities were construed and valued as work. This interdisciplinary collection thus advances concepts of work that encompass cultural activities in addition to more traditional economic understandings of work as employment or labour for production. The chapters reconceptualise and explore work for women by asking how the working lives of historical women were enacted and represented, and analyse the relationships that shaped women’s experiences of work across the European premodern period.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: women, work, labour, gender studies
Fields of Research: 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Humanities, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Ms Julie Hotchin
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2018 23:32
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2018 23:32
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3326

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