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dc.contributor.authorKelley, Anna
dc.date.accessioned2022-08-10T14:30:12Z
dc.date.available2022-08-10T14:30:12Z
dc.date.issued2022-07-30
dc.identifier.citationKelley , A 2022 , ' Searching for professional women in the mid- to late-Roman textile industry ' , Past & Present , vol. Advance Article , gtac007 . https://doi.org/10.1093/pastj/gtac007en
dc.identifier.issn0031-2746
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 278686546
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 04917533-4ac5-4125-8dda-d56d1f663a88
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000833473300001
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/25811
dc.description.abstractSince the 1960s, feminist historiography has been hard at work challenging established narratives of women’s roles in past societies, although with greater impact in some disciplines than others. Studies of production in the ancient world, in particular, continue to exclude women from discussions of professional labour. When women do appear in texts, modern scholarship has tended to treat them either as exceptional cases, or as part of an unskilled, casual workforce. Utilizing a variety of source materials, particularly Egyptian papyri, this article examines women’s labour in the mid to late Roman textile industry, which in recent historiography has typically been relegated to the category of ‘domestic’ production. Drawing upon a comparative model for women’s manufacturing roles in the Middle Ages to highlight important distinctions between women’s roles and their documentation in manufacturing between time periods, it becomes evident that Roman women were crucial actors at all stages of commercial textile production, although they possessed limited levels of control within the industry. Establishing women within the better-evidenced Roman textile sector, despite legal and social norms that historically obscured them, opens the possibility of finding professional women in other industries in the ancient world, and continues the process of re-evaluating the economic history of women throughout the ages.
dc.format.extent42
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofPast & Presenten
dc.rightsCopyright © The Author(s) 2022. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Past and Present Society, Oxford. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en
dc.subjectD111 Medieval Historyen
dc.subjectDE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman Worlden
dc.subjectHN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reformen
dc.subjectT-NDASen
dc.subject.lccD111en
dc.subject.lccDEen
dc.subject.lccHNen
dc.titleSearching for professional women in the mid- to late-Roman textile industryen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.description.versionPublisher PDFen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Historyen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1093/pastj/gtac007
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden


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