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Domestic Secrets: Women and Property in Sweden, 1600-1857 (Studies in Legal History)

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Between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, women's role in the Swedish economy was renegotiated and reconceptualized. Maria Agren chronicles changes in married women's property rights, revealing the story of Swedish women's property as not just a simple narrative of the erosion of legal rights, but a more complex tale of unintended consequences.

A public sphere of influence--including the wife's family and the local community--held sway over spousal property rights throughout most of the seventeenth century, Agren argues. Around 1700, a campaign to codify spousal property rights as an arcanum domesticum, or domestic secret, aimed to increase efficiency in legal decision making. New regulatory changes indeed reduced familial interference, but they also made families less likely to give land to women.

The advent of the print medium ushered property issues back into the public sphere, this time on a national scale, Agren explains. Mass politicization increased sympathy for women, and public debate popularized more progressive ideas about the economic contributions of women to marriage, leading to mid-nineteenth-century legal reforms that were more favorable to women. Agren's work enhances our understanding of how societies have conceived of women's contributions to the fundamental institutions of marriage and the family, using as an example a country with far-reaching influence during and after the Enlightenment.

Synopsis:

Agren chronicles changes in married women's property rights in Sweden between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, revealing the story of women's property as not just a simple narrative of the erosion of legal rights, but a more complex tale of unintended consequences. Agren's work enhances our understanding of how societies have conceived of women's contributions to the fundamental institutions of marriage and the family, using as an example a country with far-reaching influence during and after the Enlightenment.

About the Author

Maria Agren is professor of history at Uppsala University and author or editor of four previous books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807833209
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Property
Author:
Maria
Author:
Agren, Maria
Author:
Agren,
Subject:
Europe - Scandinavia
Subject:
Women - Legal status, laws, etc - Sweden -
Subject:
Marital property - Sweden - History
Subject:
Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden; early modern period; family law; marriage; agrarian society; legal change; separate property; lineage property; women s property rights; commercialization; legibility; credit; debt; wills; inheritance; public sphere; emancipation reforms; seventee
Subject:
Sweden
Subject:
early modern period
Subject:
Family Law
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
agrarian society
Subject:
legal change
Subject:
Separate property.
Subject:
lineage property
Subject:
women s property rights
Subject:
commercialization
Subject:
Legibility
Subject:
Credit
Subject:
Debt
Subject:
Wills
Subject:
Inheritance
Subject:
public sphere
Subject:
emancipation reforms
Subject:
Seventeenth century
Subject:
Eighteenth century
Subject:
Nineteenth century
Subject:
inherited land
Subject:
Stockholm
Subject:
Privacy.
Subject:
childbearing
Subject:
Property law
Subject:
proletarianization
Subject:
Freedom
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Gender.
Subject:
breadwinner
Subject:
Child Care
Subject:
Law
Subject:
new public sphere
Subject:
Swedish Pension System
Subject:
fami
Subject:
ly
Subject:
Law : General
Subject:
early modern perio
Subject:
D
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Studies in Legal History
Publication Date:
20091231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 illus., 8 tables, 1 map
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.38 in

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"Synopsis" by , Agren chronicles changes in married women's property rights in Sweden between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, revealing the story of women's property as not just a simple narrative of the erosion of legal rights, but a more complex tale of unintended consequences. Agren's work enhances our understanding of how societies have conceived of women's contributions to the fundamental institutions of marriage and the family, using as an example a country with far-reaching influence during and after the Enlightenment.
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