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Women and Authority in Early Modern SpainThe Peasants of Galicia$
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Allyson M. Poska

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199265312

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265312.001.0001

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Introduction: Gendering Peasant Society

Introduction: Gendering Peasant Society

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(p.1) Introduction: Gendering Peasant Society
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Women and Authority in Early Modern Spain
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Allyson M. Poska (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265312.003.08

This introductory chapter provides an overview of anthropological and historical perspectives on the Mediterranean honor code and women's power. After discussing the complicated documentary record available on peasants, including Inquisition trials, parish records, notarial texts, and anthropological interviews, it asserts that ethnohistory provides a mechanism for accessing the lives of illiterate peasant women. The introduction ends with an outline of the chapters to follow.

Keywords:   honor code, Inquisition, ethnohistory, peasant women, anthropology

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