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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.

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Reissue of the 1986 edition. A reinterpretation of women's changing labor status in the late medieval and early modern period. Howell (history, Rutgers) argues that women's work was the product of the intersection of two systems, one cultural and one economic, and demonstrates that patriarchal family structure, not capitalist development per se, was a decisive factor in determining women's work.
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With a Foreword by Catharine R. Stimpson.

About the Author

Martha C. Howell is professor of history and director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Catharine R. Stimpson

Preface

Introduction

Part 1: Women's Work in Medieval Cities of Northern Europe

1. A Framework for Understanding Women's Work

     The Northern European Family and the Household Economy

     Labor Status in Urban Market Economies

2. The Sex-Gender System and Economic Systems

     The Family Production Unit

     Late Medieval Market Production

     An Agenda for Research

Part Two: Empirical Studies: Leiden and Cologne

3. The Socioeconomic Structure of Leiden

     The History of the Drapery

     Politics and Government

     The Size and Structure of the Drapery

     Small Commodity Production

4. Women's Work in Leiden's Market Production

     Locating Women Workers in the Textile Industry

     Women's Work in and Around Leiden

     Patterns of Women's Work: The Organization of Market Production

5. The Socioeconomic Structure of Cologne

     The Problem of Sources

     Economic and Constitutional Background 

     The Transformation of Fifteenth-Century Cologne

     Capitalism in Cologne: A Debate

     Capitalism in Cologne: The Consequences

6. Women's Work in Cologne's Market Production

     The Women's Guilds

     The Traditional Guilds

     Women in Export-Import Trade

     Patterns and Explanations

Part 3: Points of Intersection 

7. The Comparative Perspective: Lier, Douai, Frankfurt am Main

8. Women's Work and Social Change

     Women's Work and Socioeconomic Change

     Women's Work and the Patriarchal Order

Appendixes

1. Income from Leiden's Strikerye

2. Archival Sources for Leiden

3. Population of Leiden in 1498

Notes

Works Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226355047
Author:
Howell, Martha C
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Howell, Martha C.
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations
Subject:
Patriarchy
Subject:
Politics-Labor
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Series Volume:
898
Publication Date:
1988
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 line drawing
Pages:
332

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