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A Bitter LivingWomen, Markets, and Social Capital in Early Modern Germany$
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Sheilagh Ogilvie

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205548

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205548.001.0001

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Daughters and Maidservants

Daughters and Maidservants

(p.79) CHAPTER THREE Daughters and Maidservants
A Bitter Living


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This chapter focuses on the training and work of dependent unmarried women — that is, female offspring living at home and female servants living in the household of their masters — in the pre-industrial German society under analysis in this book. It explores the nature and determinants of their education, gender-specific maturation patterns, the relative demand for dependent labour by households with different characteristics, and the numbers, wage-rates, and geographical distribution of servants. It then uses a database of work observations extracted from church-court records to analyse gender-specific patterns of work by female offspring and servants, and to compare them with those of other females (and males). It concludes with a discussion of the factors constraining the economic choices of dependent unmarried females, including the impact of ‘social capital’.

Keywords:   child labour, servants, apprenticeship, wages, guilds, social capital, Germany, Württemberg

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