uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Arbete: Skillnadsskapande och försörjning i 1500-talets Sverige
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History.
2012 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Work : Constructing Difference and Making a Living in Sixteenth-Century Sweden (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to explore work as an idea and a practice for the construction and maintenance of differences and power relations, and to examine what the consequences were for the individual and society in early modern Sweden. The period saw an expansion of the state apparatus which created numerous new opportunities for employment. There also exists a body of literature from this period, in the form of instructions relating to work and households. The thesis draws both on these instructions and descriptions and on sources produced by the crown.

The thesis shows that gender was a crucial factor for the organisation of work. Operating The service of the crown was characterised by two principal organisational forms: the household, and a precursor of a bureaucratic system. The household had its basis in the couple, and had a clear gendered division of power, the couple together constituted the management of the household, at the same time there was an element of male superordination. The other form was exclusively male and based on delegation of power within the organisation and on an attempt to formalise relations by written instructions.

The majority of the jobs created were held by men. In crafts and administration, men took over a number of female areas of competence. In this process was occupational positions created for these men. Women’s opportunities to work were heavily affected by an idea of a female area of expertise, ‘womenfolk’s work’ which never become specialiced, but the investigation also shows that work created in the crowns households in positions of leadership created livelihoods for married adult women. Among employees that were young and unmarried the similarities between the genders were often more striking than the differences. Greater differences emerge from a comparison of the entire workforce of the crown, which shows women’s annual wages to be 75 per cent of those of men. Overall women had few opportunities to make careers and get well paid employments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2012. , p. 261
Series
Studia historica Upsaliensia, ISSN 0081-6531 ; 246
Keywords [en]
work, gender, gender division of work, Sweden, sixteenth-century, household, specialisation, wages, early modern period, social history, skills, royal demesnes, women’s work, men’s work, Olaus Magnus, Hans Brask, Per Brahe, Gripsholm, Julita, Tynnelsö, Kalmar
National Category
History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182392ISBN: 978-91-554-8492-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-182392DiVA, id: diva2:559665
Public defence
2012-11-23, Universitetshuset, sal IX, Biskopsgatan 3, Uppsala, 10:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2012-11-01 Created: 2012-10-10 Last updated: 2014-10-02Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(3935 kB)2834 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 3935 kBChecksum SHA-512
86f38ac3e0751b4622fe4fe46b6a313d9cb80e40ac8d54952171c342027c5935b37cb37d39ef6303404f6fd4e7d52a71d03cbfea519c9fab878338c8d1cae731
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf
Buy this publication >>

Authority records BETA

Pihl, Christopher

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Pihl, Christopher
By organisation
Department of History
History

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 2834 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

isbn
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

isbn
urn-nbn
Total: 5818 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf