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Part I - Women and Children First

Autonomy and Social Control in the Late Ancient Household

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 September 2020

Kate Cooper
Affiliation:
Royal Holloway, University of London
Jamie Wood
Affiliation:
University of Lincoln
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In thinking about how social control was reproduced over time and space, the problem of agency comes into focus – especially when we consider the position of women. Women had distinctive problems of access to rights and resources in the late ancient world. The constraints imposed on wives and daughters meant that their autonomy in domestic environments was compromised both domestically and in the public sphere. Women had distinctive problems of access to rights and resources, and yet it was a well-known fact that they had their own way of seeing things, and sometimes of helping each other behind the scenes.

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Social Control in Late Antiquity
The Violence of Small Worlds
, pp. 13 - 102
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Women and Children First
  • Edited by Kate Cooper, Royal Holloway, University of London, Jamie Wood, University of Lincoln
  • Book: Social Control in Late Antiquity
  • Online publication: 18 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108783491.003
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  • Women and Children First
  • Edited by Kate Cooper, Royal Holloway, University of London, Jamie Wood, University of Lincoln
  • Book: Social Control in Late Antiquity
  • Online publication: 18 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108783491.003
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  • Women and Children First
  • Edited by Kate Cooper, Royal Holloway, University of London, Jamie Wood, University of Lincoln
  • Book: Social Control in Late Antiquity
  • Online publication: 18 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108783491.003
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