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Defiled Trades and Social Outcasts: Honor and Ritual Pollution in Early Modern Germany / Edition 1
     

Defiled Trades and Social Outcasts: Honor and Ritual Pollution in Early Modern Germany / Edition 1

by Olwen Hufton, John Elliott, Kathy Stuart
 

ISBN-10: 0521027217

ISBN-13: 9780521027212

Pub. Date: 08/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book presents a social and cultural history of "dishonorable people" (unehrliche Leute), an outcast group in early modern Germany. Executioners, skinners, grave-diggers, shepherds, barber-surgeons, millers, linen-weavers, sow-gelders, latrine-cleaners, and bailiffs were among the "dishonorable" by virtue of their trades. It shows the extent to which dishonor

Overview

This book presents a social and cultural history of "dishonorable people" (unehrliche Leute), an outcast group in early modern Germany. Executioners, skinners, grave-diggers, shepherds, barber-surgeons, millers, linen-weavers, sow-gelders, latrine-cleaners, and bailiffs were among the "dishonorable" by virtue of their trades. It shows the extent to which dishonor determined the life chances and self-identity of these people. Taking Augsburg as a prime example, it investigates how honorable estates interacted with dishonorable people, and shows how the pollution anxieties of early modern Germans structured social and political relations within honorable society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521027212
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Glossary; Introduction: defiled trades; Part I. The Meaning of Dishonor in Early Modern Society: 1. Medieval versus early modern dishonor; 2. Honor, status and pollution; Part II. The Dishonorable Milieu: 3. The status of executioners and skinners, 1500-1700; 4. Living on the periphery of dishonor; Part III. Paradoxical Dishonor: Punishment and Healing: 5. The infamous fur coat, or the unintended consequences of social discipline; 6. The executioner's healing touch: health and honor in early modern German medical practice; Part IV. Artisanal Honor and Urban Politics: 7. Guardians of honor: artisans versus magistrates; 8. Honor and dishonor in the eighteenth century; Conclusion: dishonor and the society of orders; Select bibliography; Index.

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