Social Mobility in Late Antique Gaul: Strategies and Opportunities for the Non-Elite

Social Mobility in Late Antique Gaul: Strategies and Opportunities for the Non-Elite

by Allen E. Jones
ISBN-10:
0521762391
ISBN-13:
2900521762396
Pub. Date:
08/31/2009
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Social Mobility in Late Antique Gaul: Strategies and Opportunities for the Non-Elite

In Social Mobility in Late Antique Gaul, Allen Jones explores the situation of the non-elite living in Gaul during the late fifth and sixth centuries. Drawing especially on evidence from Gregory of Tours's writings, he formulates a social model based on people of all ranks who were acting in ways that were socially advantageous to them, such as combining resources, serving at court, and participating in ostentatious religious pursuits, such as building churches. Viewing the society as a whole, and taking into account specific social groups, such as impoverished prisoners, paupers active at churches, physicians, and wonder-working enchanters, Jones creates an image of Barbarian Gaul as an honor-driven, brutal, and flexible society defined by social mobility. His work also addresses topics such as social engineering and competition, magic and religion, and the cult of saints.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900521762396
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Allen Jones is Associate Professor of History at Troy University.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Barbarian Gaul; 2. Evidence and control; 3. Social structure I: hierarchy, mobility and aristocracies; 4. Social structure II: free and servile ranks; 5. The passive poor: prisoners; 6. The active poor: pauperes at church; 7. Healing and authority I: physicians; 8. Healing and authority II: enchanters; 9. Conclusion.

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