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The Spinners and Weavers of Auffay : Rural Industry and the Sexual Division of Labor in a French Village - Gay L. Gullickson

The Spinners and Weavers of Auffay

Rural Industry and the Sexual Division of Labor in a French Village

Hardcover Published: 28th November 1986
ISBN: 9780521322805
Number Of Pages: 268

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The cottage industry of France enjoyed enormous growth from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Through an intensive analysis of the social and economic impact of the expansion of this female-dominated industry, Gay Gullickson broadens our understanding of the variety and complexity of proto-industrial regions and of the proto-industrial processes. Focusing on the village of Auffay, located in the pays de Caux, a thriving agricultural region, Gullickson recreates the experiences of the women and men who spun and wove for the urban putting-out merchants. Social analysis of local memoirs, government reports, notarial and judicial records, and village cahiers de doleances, enables Gullickson to offer a more nuanced and accurate view of the causes and consequences of the expansion of the cottage textile industry in the pre-factory era. Her study is further enhanced by a quantitative analysis based primarily on the reconstitution of the families of the 727 couples who married in Auffay between 1750 and 1850.

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"...an intelligently and carefully executed study...stands out as one where the role of women is carefully treated and imaginatively evoked." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

The pays and the village
Proto-industrial theory and the pays de Caux
The golden age of spinning
Crisis and change in the Caux
The golden age of cottage weaving
Marriage and family in proto-industrial Auffay
Widowhood, remarriage, and the sexual division of labor
Unwed mothers and their children
Conclusions: the causes and consequences of proto-industrialization
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ISBN: 9780521322805
ISBN-10: 0521322804
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 28th November 1986
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.56