Another process of state formation: Swedish customs officials, their work and households
2014 (English)In: Cultural and social history, ISSN 1478-0038, E-ISSN 1478-0046, Vol. 11, no 1, 31-49 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article discusses why legitimacy remained a problem for the eighteenth-century Swedish state administration. Using the case of customs officials in the town of Orebro, the article shows that complaints from citizens about the behaviour of these men were rife. While not impartial, such complaints nevertheless highlight the problematic situation of lower state employees: they often lacked local networks and were poorly educated and badly paid. They were also subject to unrealistic expectations to carry out tasks in many places at the same time. This made it necessary for them to harness the human resources of the entire household. The author argues that while it is true that, in the long run, bureaucratization entailed a specialization and masculinization of state administration, in the shorter term the role of women, and particularly wives, probably increased.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berg Publishers, 2014. Vol. 11, no 1, 31-49 p.
Research subject History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-202152DOI: 10.2752/147800414X13802176314447ISI: 000331499800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-202152DiVA: diva2:631101
ProjectsGender and work in early modern Sweden
FunderKnut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation