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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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A Bitter Living

A Bitter Living

(p.320) CHAPTER SEVEN A Bitter Living
A Bitter Living


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This chapter summarizes the empirical findings on women's work in the pre-industrial German society under analysis in this book and discusses their implications for developing economies more widely. It brings together the findings of preceding chapters to provide a synthesis of what precisely we know (and do not know) about women's and men's work in pre-industrial economies. It explores the implications of these findings for competing explanations of women's and men's work in terms of biology, technology, culture, and institutions. It discusses the impact of ‘social capital’ on vulnerable economic agents such as females. It concludes that in order to assess how effective a society is at ensuring the welfare of all its members and at tackling the challenges of growth and adaptation, we must understand the extent, causes, and broader impact of women's economic position.

Keywords:   gender, pre-industrial, Germany, Württemberg, social capital

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