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Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial and Developing Societies

Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial and Developing Societies

William Chester Jordan

176 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth 1993 | ISBN 9780812231946 | $79.95s | Outside the Americas £64.00
Ebook 2016 | ISBN 9781512804676 | Buy from Combined Academic Publishers £64.00
An Anniversary Collection volume

The active role of women in the labor force is not limited to recent decades, or even to the last century. As William Chester Jordan amply demonstrates in Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial and Developing Societies, women in premodern times played an integral part both as a source of labor and as participants in lending and borrowing. In this wide-ranging and provocative study, the author assesses the overall significance of women's work in medieval and early modern Europe, and in colonial and postcolonial societies.

While earlier studies have concentrated on women in agriculture or craftwork, Jordan investigates consumption lending and borrowing among women in the European Middle Ages, female investment in early modern Europe, and, in a final section, the role of African and Caribbean marketwomen and their provision of and access to credit. By viewing the historical situation, Jordan sheds light on contemporary concerns about commercialization, the transformation of rural society, and industrialization. He provides a historical and comparative context for some of the current issues that plague the twentieth-century female work force. By understanding the role of gender in such an important aspect of traditional life as credit relationships, Jordan advances an ongoing reexamination of the issue in general.

This work will be of interest to students and scholars of medieval and early modern European, African, and Caribbean history; anthropology; and women's studies.

William Chester Jordan is Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at Princeton University.

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