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SOC244H5 Lecture Notes - Gender Role, Proletariat, Dowry

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Lina Samuel

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Sept. 26.2012
- Blessed by god and not the church
Family life in med England
- Focus on the family form
Feudalism: regit society, the space youre born into is the one you live and same for your kids
- 18th century: farmers in Europe weren’t allowed to leave their land
o Literate and uneducated farmers therefore stuck in their life rank
They could only reach as far as they could see
The importance of family unit
- The household was a unit of production and consumption
o All the contribution of everyone in the family was highly valued because it was visible
Pre industrial France and England
- Because of communism family were interconnected, in here the families lost that
- Children were seen as workers also
- Peasant marriages tend to be arranged; economic arrangement
o Dowry husband promises something for an exchange of the women
- Michele Barrette
o Because of everyones need in the house hold was more egalitarian
- Montreal:
o Wage labour of young children was dependant
When children don’t work, the family was very poor
Nineteeth century
- Gender role; very flexible
- (cohen) The head of the household was the only one owning it, not wives and children
o The labour was rewarded by the father/household owner’s charity
o Was not egalitarian
o Even when a women earned money, the rights went to the husband
o Passing of the proletariat that women could keep their own money
o Throughout the daugthers life, she would ALWAYS be dependant on a male
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