Constitutive Tasks

Karin Hassan Jansson, Rosemarie Fiebranz and Ann-Catrin Östman

in Making a Living, Making a Difference

Published in print February 2017 | ISBN: 9780190240615
Published online December 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190240653 | DOI:
Constitutive Tasks

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This chapter explores how practices of work produced and expressed both notions of human difference, for instance, between men and women, and notions of sameness, that is, ideas about human similarity. Almost everyone did manual work in early modern society, which created ideas about a common lot and a common duty of humankind. On the other hand, people did not do exactly the same things; gender, age, marital status, and social group affected what they did for a living. Even when two people did do the same things, the meanings attached to their activities were not necessarily the same. The chapter analyzes these matters by looking at some forms of work: transport, care, and managerial work. It adds nuance to results presented in chapter 1: even if women and men appeared in all categories of work, at the level of concrete tasks there were significant gender differences.

Keywords: intersectionality; transport; care; managerial work; performance; difference; sameness

Chapter.  14289 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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