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Defiled Trades and Social Outcasts: Honor and Ritual Pollution in Early Modern Germany - Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History (Hardback)
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Defiled Trades and Social Outcasts: Honor and Ritual Pollution in Early Modern Germany - Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History (Hardback)

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Hardback 300 Pages / Published: 04/05/2000
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521652391
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 25 mm


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'This is a splendid book, carefully honed over several years, beautifully written, and a delight to read.' David Warren Sabean, Journal of Social History
'Rarely has an anthropologically informed study been joined with such careful attention to local judicial records.This is an excellent book.' H. C. Erik Midelfort, The American Historical Review
'... Kathy Stuart has written an important and original book that deserves to be read by a wide circle of scholars.' R. Po-chia Hsia, Central European History
'This award-winning monograph represents a major contribution to our understanding of marginal groups and artisanal culture through its functional analysis of the mechanisms of prejudice.' David Lederer, German History

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