Artisans of the Body in Early Modern Italy

Artisans of the Body in Early Modern Italy Identities, Families and Masculinities - Gender in History

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This groundbreaking study explores the role of those involved in various aspects of the care, comfort and appearance of the body in seventeenth and early eighteenth-century Italy, bringing to light the strong cultural affinities and social ties between barber-surgeons and the apparently distant trades of jeweller, tailor, wigmaker and upholsterer. Drawing on contemporary understandings of the body, the author shows that shared concerns about health and well-being permeated the professional cultures of these medical and non-medical occupations. At the same time the detailed analysis of the life-course, career patterns and family experience of 'artisans of the body' offers unprecedented insight into the world of the urban middling sorts. The book will represent essential reading for scholars and students of gender, family and urban history in the early modern age, and will equally appeal to historians of the body and of the medical occupations.

Book information

ISBN: 9780719076626
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 306.4610945
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 281
Weight: 490g
Height: 222mm
Width: 143mm
Spine width: 17mm