A Companion to Gender History by Teresa A. Meade

By Teresa A. Meade

A significant other to Gender background surveys the heritage of girls worldwide, stories their interplay with males in gendered societies, and appears on the position of gender in shaping human habit over millions of years.

  • An vast survey of the background of ladies around the globe, their interplay with males, and the position of gender in shaping human habit over hundreds of thousands of years.
  • Discusses relations background, the heritage of the physique and sexuality, and cultural background along women’s background and gender historical past.
  • Considers the significance of sophistication, zone, ethnicity, race and faith to the formation of gendered societies.
  • Contains either thematic essays and chronological-geographic essays.
  • Gives due weight to pre-history and the pre-modern period in addition to to the fashionable period.
  • Written via students from around the English-speaking global and students for whom English isn't really their first language.

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The Roman economy and society, especially under the Empire, became heavily dependent upon slaves for everything from agricultural labor, crafts, and trades to childcare. Committed to imperial expansion, the Romans celebrated aggressive masculinity on the battlefield, in the Roman “circus,” for entertainment, and institutionalized male power in most spheres of life. Women could not enlist in the Roman armies. Indeed, gender and labor in world history 33 one can see the emergence of a gender division between public and private labor.

It looks particularly at the ways that women’s and men’s work has been valued differently, and how that has led to the assignment of different kinds of work to women and men, from the earliest human societies to the present. In fact, even what “counts” as labor has differed for men and women. As feminist scholars have pointed out, in industrial and post-industrial societies, much of women’s work has not been recognized as such either because it was not rewarded with a wage or because it tended to be hidden from view.

That is, the development of complex market relations, trade, and systems of production, as well as bureaucratic states and empires, and armies, led to the emergence of more highly refined gender differences in work and gendered rankings in societies. The Emergence of Complex Societies and Gender Divisions in the Ancient World The emergence of private property, complex societies and economies, and the conduct of wars and military campaigns in the ancient Middle East several thousand years before the Christian era brought increased gender division and with it new forms of gender inequality.

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