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Changing discourses of marital violence in Sweden from the age of reformation to the late nineteenth century
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2011 (English)In: Gender and History, ISSN 0953-5233, E-ISSN 1468-0424, Vol. 23, no 1, 1-25 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article analyses how public attention to marital violence in Sweden changed from a question of maintaining good order and ambitions to discipline self-indulgent house tyrants into responsible masters of households in the seventeenth century, to the vanishing of the house tyrant as a cultural stereotype in favour of the female shrew in the eighteenth century, following the formal abolition of the husband's legal right to chastise his wife and an equalisation of liabilities and responsibilities. It also traces the beginnings of the social marginalisation and silencing of marital violence in the nineteenth century as a phenomenon associated with the lower classes and regulated by the law as a case for private action only when committed within the household circle.

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2011. Vol. 23, no 1, 1-25 p.
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gender history, marital violence, early modern
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-49811DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0424.2010.01620.xOAI: diva2:457626
Available from: 2011-11-18 Created: 2011-11-18 Last updated: 2015-08-05Bibliographically approved

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