Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial and Developing Societies

Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial and Developing Societies

by William Chester Jordan
     
 

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 pre-modern times played an integral part both as a source of labor and as participants in lending and borrowing. In this wide-ranging and… See more details below

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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 pre-modern 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 post-colonial 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 re-examination 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.

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Jordan (history, Princeton U.) demonstrates the at women in pre- modern times played an integral part in the economy, both by being a source of labor, and by participating in lending and borrowing. He examines women in Medieval and early modern Europe, and in colonial and post-colonial African and Caribbean societies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780812231946
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date:
05/01/1993
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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