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Misbehaving Women

Trespass and Honor in Late Medieval English Towns

Teresa Phipps

justice, providing an insight into interpersonal relationships on a very local level. While debt litigation reveals the commercial activities of ordinary men and women living and working in towns, trespass suits reveal the breakdown of interpersonal

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Women and Family Law in Byzantium

Some Notes

Niki Megalommati

This article deals with a rather complex issue: the position of women in Byzantine society. 1 During the thousand years of the Byzantine era (from approximately 330 to 1453 CE), the society underwent a series of radical transformations; the

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Women's Lives in Colonial and Postcolonial Maghrib

Etty Terem

colonial Maghrib, less consideration has been given to the study of women's and gender history in colonial and postcolonial contexts. 2 Informed by important scholarship on the Middle East, early studies in this field focused on French discourses on

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The Construction of Muslim Women Characters in Early English Drama

Thomas Heywood's The Fair Maid of the West Parts I and II and George Peele's The Battle of Alcazar

Fuad Abdul Muttaleb and Mai Rushdi Odeh

In examining the Muslim women characters of Thomas Heywood's The Fair Maid of the West Part I and II and George Peele's The Battle of Alcazar , one expects to encounter female characters displaying exclusive features that can be considered

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Depictions of Women in the Works of Early Byzantine Historians and Chroniclers

Between Stereotype and Reality

Ecaterina Lung

Studies on Byzantine women have progressed a lot in recent decades, especially under the influence of the feminist movement. Sources that have most often been used are law codes, contracts of marriage and dotal contracts, 1 and artifacts, such as

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“What to Do with the Girls?” The Legacy of Women Farm Workers in Britain, 1919–1939

Bonnie White

Following the armistice of 11 November 1918, questions arose in government about what should be done with the woman worker as the men prepared to return from the theaters of war. Women’s contributions to the war effort were widely recognized, but in

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The Social-Legal Rights and Political Activity of Albanian Women in the Late Middle Ages (Thirteenth–Fifteenth Centuries)

Ermal Baze

Introduction The condition and status of Albanian women have attracted the attention of Albanologists and foreign scholars from the nineteenth century 1 to the present day. 2 More recently, Albanian scholars across disciplines have explored

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The Women of the Pavillons

A Case Study

W. Brian Newsome

This article investigates the experiences of French women in communities of single-family homes by analyzing Villagexpo, a model subdivision built in the Paris suburb of Saint-Michel-sur-Orge in 1966. Drawing on archival resources and recent interviews with original inhabitants, the article argues that the “village“ model of Villagexpo attracted a nucleus of couples with deep roots in associational movements. Committed to the concept of village life, they facilitated social activity in the subdivision, helping female residents overcome a sense of isolation. The article modifies previous, and largely negative, depictions of the experiences of women in communities of single-family homes and places Villagexpo in the context of broader urban trends.

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Childless Women in Georgia

Between Religious Restrictions and Medical Opportunities

Elene Gavashelishvili

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is gradually becoming available in Georgia, but while the medical technologies are being developed, the Georgian Orthodox Church opposes the idea of having a child through what it declares to be unnatural ways. Despite the authority of the Church, the Orthodox discourse about IVF is not directly incorporated into the everyday lives of people. Ethnographical observation has allowed an exploration of how childless women in Georgia reconcile modern reproductive technologies with their religion. In order to explain the hybridity in women’s attempts to make official religiosity better adapted to everyday life, I use the concept of bricolage as applied to the social practices of women who assemble different, seemingly disjointed, resources in coping with problematic situations.

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Immigrant and Refugee Women

Recreating Meaning in Transnational Context

Denise L. Spitzer

Migrating to another country is potentially fraught with both challenges and potential opportunities. This article examines ways in which mature Chilean, Chinese and Somali women who migrated to Canada deploy personal and communal resources to imbue shifting relations and novel spaces with new meanings. Through these activities, they create a place for themselves on Canadian soil while remaining linked to their homelands. I argue that the ability of immigrant and refugee women to reconstruct their lives—often under conditions of systemic inequalities—is evidence of their resilience, which consequently has a positive effect on health and well-being.