Household Formation, Lineage, and Gender Relations in the Early Modern Atlantic World

Carole Shammas

in The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199210879
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743467 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 Household Formation, Lineage, and Gender Relations in the Early Modern Atlantic World

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Households did not figure prominently in the early Atlantic migration to the Americas. The opportunity for innovation in household structure, given the ethnicities, economies, and colonial regimes involved, was great. Large portions of the Americas diverged from the prescribed patterns of marriage in the Western European empires that had laid claim to the territory. The potential for differing versions of the early modern American family can be grasped best by looking at how the population had evolved towards the end of the colonial period. This article explores household formation, lineage, and gender relations in the early modern Atlantic world, as well as differences in the household organisation of Atlantic migrants and Native Americans, household and land, and whether creole women's advantage can be attributed to an African woman's later age at birth of first child or her higher probability of being a sugar-field worker.

Keywords: Atlantic world; Americas; households; lineage; gender relations; migration; marriage; family; Native Americans; land

Article.  9904 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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