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Farmer proceeds to complicate this picture, showing that elite society's attitude toward an individual's social role and moral capacity depended not only on gender but also on the person's social status. Such perceptions in turn influenced the kinds of care extended or denied to the poor by charitable organizations and the informal self-help networks that arose among the poor themselves. Of particular interest are Farmer's discussions of society's responses to men and women who were disabled to the point of being incapable of any work at all.
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|Publisher:||Cornell University Press|
|Series:||Conjunctions of Religion and Power in the Medieval Past|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.46(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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"This small but rich study raises some basic questions about polarizations and social cleavages in late-13th and early-14th-century France, mirroring general issues in medieval Europe.... Touching many basic issues, this broad and learned book is recommended for all levels and collections."
"Most non-poor Americans today have limited direct contact with poor people in their daily lives. Thus, attitudes and policy are based on unfounded generalizations undergirded by irrelevant moral value systems. A new book, Surviving Poverty in Medieval Paris, shows that the present-day stereotyping of poor people is not so different from the 13th Century."
"Paris, the largest city in medieval western Europe, has been absent for far too long from debates on urban societies and their problems. Sharon Farmer's book will put Paris back on the map. This book redefines medieval poverty as a gendered experience, and deploys a dazzling array of sources to explain how church and state responded (or not) to the poor."
"Surviving Poverty in Medieval Paris is a major contribution to our understanding of poverty and gender in the most important urban environment in the medieval west."
"We now understand more clearly than before... how the medieval urban poor managed and the place of affective social relationships in this milieu."
"This book cautions us from thinking too simply about gender constructs, and, most importantly in my opinion, brings property and social status to the center of the discussion about what constitute masculinities and femininities which were, Farmer convincingly argues, various and several."