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Gender, Class, and Social Hierarchy

Leslie Peirce

in Morality Tales

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520228900
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926974 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520228900.003.0005
Gender, Class, and Social Hierarchy

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This chapter focuses on gender and social class, two aspects of identity that interacted to shape legal thinking and legal processes in Aintab. It analyzes the normative legal prescriptions and practices in the Aintab court, and suggests that as social and legal categories, neither gender nor social class was monolithic or even stable. The chapter also argues that the absence of elite women from the Aintab court suggests that the ideal of the muhaddere woman shaped the conduct of at least some segments of Aintab's privileged classes.

Keywords: gender; social class; identity; Aintab; court; legal prescriptions; muhaddere woman; privileged class

Chapter.  15804 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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