Gender, Law and Material Culture: Immobile Property and Mobile Goods in Early Modern Europe

Gender, law, and material cultureI. The tooth of a hippo as gendered item?I.a Categories of objects: Mobile and immobileI.b Legal relations between objects and persons: Property, possession, and usufructI.c Sources and social strataI.d Connexion between gender, movability and lawI.e An experiment: Degrees of personal attachment?I.f Permanently reassemblingII. The content and aims of this bookIII. Terminology, maps, and drawingsNotesBibliographyEarly modern political philosophy on rights of ownershipI. Private property and ownershipII. The status of women within early modern theories of propertyIII. ConclusionNotesBibliographyII Gifts, symbolic values, and strategiesLanded property as marital gifts: women and landownership in fifteenth-century NorwayI. Retaining marital gifts in practiceII. Married couples' property arrangementsIII. Strategic gift exchange between spousesIV. Property devolutionV. A widow and her claim to immobile property: Sigrid Erlendsdotter and the Giske estateVI. Conclusion: Preferring couple to kinNotesBibliographyMarried women’s testaments: division and distribution of movable property in seventeenth-century GlasgowI. Introduction: Wives and movable property in Scots lawII. Evidence and methodIII. Dividing and distributing the marital estateIV. Married women's testaments: The transfer of movable propertyV. What wives bequeathedVI. ConclusionNotesBibliographyHybrid legal cultures among the early modern Tyrolean nobility: marriage contracts and the symbolic value of assetsI. IntroductionII. Political and legal contextsIII. The marital property regimeIII.a The husband's counter-giftsIV. Characteristics of marital goods and their securementV. Arrangements for widowhoodV. Material value and symbolic valenceVI. ConclusionNotesBibliographyIII Women’s access to immobile propertyFenced in or out? Women and landownership in early modern southern TyrolI. Introduction: The function and meaning of fencesII. Fences and property in early modern TyrolIII. Land purchase contracts and gender distribution of propertyIII.a Gender of sellers and buyersIII.b Transfer of landownership by type of propertylll.c Financing purchasesIII.d Change over time?IV. Conclusion: The fence as a signpost for inequalityNotesBibliographyWomen, land, and usufruct in the eighteenth-century Ottoman Empire: a case study of Vidin and AntakyaI. An introduction to the land law in the Ottoman EmpireII. Land politics in the eighteenth-century towns of Vidin and AntakyaIII. The case of the mill and the meadowland in Vidin: What could happen when the land was left?IV. The case of Safiye versus Saniye: A dispute over private propertyV. Ummiihan versus Mustafa Be§e: Privately owned or state-owned land?VI. ConclusionNotesBibliographyIV Women, law, and property in colonial contextsIn her own right: gender, slaveholding, and movable goods in colonial JamaicaI. III-gotten gains: Free women and the entrenchment of slaveholding JamaicaII. "Not subject to his control during her life": Protecting women's property claimsIII. "One negroe girl Savannah by name": The conflict between personal property and personhoodNotesBibliographyLand, slaves, and honour: women’s ownership and possession in colonial Brazil (Paraíba)I. IntroductionII. Possessing land: The cartas de data e sesmariaII.a Women and possession of land (sesmarias)III. Transferring and inheriting: Succession, wills, "charters of halves", and dowry contractsIII.a Immovable property in the captaincy of ParaibaIII.b Mobile goods and half-movables: Household items and slavesIII.c Privileges and dowriesIV. Abstract goods: "Virginity" and honourV. Protecting property outside of marriage: Concubinage and illegitimate childrenVI. ConclusionNotesBibliographyV Women and property in transitory zonesWomen and movable goods in a maritime border economy in nineteenth-century Sicily (Aeolian Islands)I. Introduction: Women's wealth and material goodsII. Owning and devolving goods in StromboliIII. Trading with privateersIV. Typology of objects owned, used, and traded by womenV. Conclusion: "Women of the sea" and their material worldNotesBibliographyStamp duty and the transformation of the dowry in nineteenth-century GreeceI. IntroductionII. The dowry in Ottoman timesIII. The modern Greek stateIV. Women, dowry, and the modern stateNotesBibliographyStarting a married life: women and goods in the mid-nineteenth-century Romanian towns of Piteşti and CâmpulungI. The legal institution of the dowry in the Romanian principality of WallachiaII. Two town settings in Wallachia: Campulung and Pite§tiIII. Sources and methodologyIV. What women get: A quantitative analysis of Pite§ti and Campulung's dowry registersIV. a Immovable propertyIV.b A special category of immobile property: Gypsy slavesIV.c Movable goods: Between homemade and luxuryV. ConclusionNotesBibliographyVI SynthesisMovable goods and immovable property: interrelated perspectivesI. Movable goods and immovable property: Seen separately and in comparisonI.a Immovable goodsI.b Movable goodsI.c Modes of transferII. The ambiguity of movable and immovable goodsIII. Movable and immovable property: InterrelatedIII.a Convertibility within movable goods or between movable and immovable goodsIII.b What was considered integral to a house?IV. ConclusionNotesBibliography
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