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Making a Living, Making a Difference: Gender and Work in Early Modern European Society

Maria Agren


This book uses a substantively new research model and source base for studying the working lives of early modern men and women. With an innovative analytic method that is, in turn, yoked to a specially built database of source materials, the book revises many received opinions about the history of gender and work in Europe. The verb-oriented method finds the “work verbs” that appear incidentally in a wide variety of early modern sources and then analyzes the context in which they appear. By tying information technologies and computer-assisted analysis to the analytic powers—both quantitative a ... More

Keywords: gender, work, early modern, Europe, Sweden, verb-oriented method, GaW database, multiple employment, two-supporter model, information technology

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190240615
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190240615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria Agren, editor
Professor of History, Uppsala University

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