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European History

Defiled Trades and Social Outcasts



Defiled Trades and Social Outcasts :Honor and Ritual Pollution in Early Modern Germany

Kathy Stuart

84.99 | Rs.8448 | HB | 300 Pages | 8 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780521652391
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Available for: SAARC Countries only

This book presents a social and cultural history of 'dishonourable people' (unehrliche Leute), an outcast group in early modern Germany. Executioners, skinners, grave-diggers, shepherds, barber-surgeons, millers, linen-weavers, sow-gelders, latrine-cleaners, and bailiffs were among the 'dishonourable' by virtue of their trades. This dishonour was either hereditary, often through several generations, or it arose from ritual pollution whereby honourable citizens could become dishonourable by coming into casual contact with members of the outcast group. The dishonourable milieu of the city of Augsburg from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries is reconstructed to show the extent to which dishonour determined the life-chances and self-identity of dishonourable people. The book then investigates how honourable estates interacted with dishonourable people, and how the pollution anxieties of early modern Germans structured social and political relations within honourable society.

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Introduction: defiled trades
Part I. The Meaning of Dishonor in Early Modern Society: 1. Medieval versus early modern dishonor
2. Honor, status and pollution
Part II. The Dishonorable Milieu: 3. The status of executioners and skinners, 15001700
4. Living on the periphery of dishonor
Part III. Paradoxical Dishonor: Punishment and Healing: 5. The infamous fur coat, or the unintended consequences of social discipline
6. The executioner's healing touch: health and honor in early modern German medical practice
Part IV. Artisanal Honor and Urban Politics: 7. Guardians of honor: artisans versus magistrates
8. Honor and dishonor in the eighteenth century
Conclusion: dishonor and the society of orders
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Author/Editor Details
Kathy Stuart, University of California, Davis

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