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Agency and Capabilities: North Versus South?

  • Anna Bellavitis
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Abstract

Women’s economic rights in early modern Europe are linked to legal traditions and to changes in the economy, society, culture and religion. In order to be an active part and to be able to exercise their own agency, women had to have the legal capacity to act upon and defend their own rights and economists in developing countries teach us that societies that do not grant women their rights produce less wealth and prosperity. The chapter focuses on the particularly complex interweaving of family roles and economic rights and on the differences and peculiarities of the law in various European contexts.

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  • Anna Bellavitis
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  1. 1.University of RouenRouenFrance

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