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Single Women and the Rural Credit Market in Eighteenth-Century France
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2014 (English)In: Journal of social history, ISSN 0022-4529, E-ISSN 1527-1897, Vol. 48, no 1, 175-199 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article examines the strategies, actions, and meaning of the credit activities of single women in rural credit markets in eighteenth-century France. For the purpose of this article, gender and, more importantly, marital status, are considered as critical categories of historical analysis, and this approach has yielded key data in the examination of loans records from 1733 to 1790. This article concludes that not only did single women gradually become major agents in the circulation of capital within their communities but that they also gained greater social freedom and empowerment thanks to their role as creditors.

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Oxford University Press, 2014. Vol. 48, no 1, 175-199 p.
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credit, credit market, celibacy, peasants, France, empowerment, debt, economy, single women, gender
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-83166DOI: 10.1093/jsh/shu041ISI: 000343000500009OAI: diva2:665603
Available from: 2013-11-20 Created: 2013-11-20 Last updated: 2015-05-11Bibliographically approved

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