Gendered Agency. Access to and Use of Power in a Sixteenth Century Nordic Local Community



This PostDoc project sets to map the gendered access to and the use of power in the networks of one Nordic local community in the 16th century. The project focuses on the rural community in and around the Estate of Sundholm in Southwestern Finland (then a part of the Swedish realm). There is an exceptionally rich variety of documents of the nobility, servants, tenants and common people living in the area. This allows an analysis of both women and men as subjected to and users of power in the local social landscape. Most women and many men were excluded from the most visible forms of power and decision making. Still, they were using the means available for them, resorting to networks and alliances to shape the process of decision making. Here, their participation is defined as gendered agency.
Gällande start-/slutdatum01/01/2009 → …