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Palgrave Studies in Economic History

Women, Work and Colonialism in the Netherlands and Java

Comparisons, Contrasts, and Connections, 1830–1940

Authors: van Nederveen Meerkerk, Elise

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    • Explores how the allocation of household labour within the Dutch Empire developed, and to what extent they were affected by colonial connections in the heydays of colonialism between 1830 and 1940
    • Brings together a wide array of new data on the household level – budget surveys, wage series – that is analysed quantitatively and qualitatively
    • Analyses the impact of changes in the second half of the nineteenth century, when tax burdens were lowered for the Dutch working classes and labour protection and education for Dutch women and children were introduced

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About this book

‘This book makes an important contribution to the history of household labour relations in two contrasting societies. It deserves a wide readership.’
—Anne Booth, SOAS University of London, UK

 ‘By exploring how colonialism affected women’s work in the Dutch Empire this carefully researched book urges us to rethink the momentous implications of colonial exploitation on gender roles both in periphery and metropolis.’
—Ulbe Bosma, the Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 ‘In this exciting and original book, Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk exposes how colonial connections helped determine the status and position of women in both the Netherlands and Java. The effects of these connections continue to shape women’s lives in both colony and metropole today.’
—Jane Humphries, University of Oxford, UK

Recent postcolonial studies have stressed the importance of the mutual influences of colonialism on both colony and metropole. This book studies such colonial entanglements and their effects by focusing on developments in household labour in the Dutch Empire in the period 1830-1940. The changing role of households’, and particularly women’s, economic activities in the Netherlands and Java, one of the most important Dutch colonies, forms an excellent case study to help understand the connections and disparities between colony and metropole.

The author contends that colonial entanglements certainly existed, and influenced developments in women’s economic role to an extent, both in Java and the Netherlands. However, during the nineteenth century, more and more distinctions in the visions and policies towards Dutch working class and Javanese peasant households emerged. Accordingly, a more sophisticated framework is needed to explain how and why such connections were – both intentionally and unintentionally – severed over time.

About the authors

Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk is Professor in Economic and Social History at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, with a particular focus on the history of women’s and children’s labour.

     


     

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Women’s Work in the Netherlands and Java, 1830–1940

    van Nederveen Meerkerk, Elise

    Pages 1-46

  • An Exceptional Empire? Dutch Colonialism in Comparative Perspective

    van Nederveen Meerkerk, Elise

    Pages 47-83

  • Industrious Women in an Imperial Economy: The Cultivation System and Its Consequences

    van Nederveen Meerkerk, Elise

    Pages 85-126

  • Industrialisation, De-industrialisation and Women’s Work: Textile Production in the Dutch Empire

    van Nederveen Meerkerk, Elise

    Pages 127-164

  • Contrasting Consumption: Household Income and Living Standards in the Netherlands and Java, 1870–1940

    van Nederveen Meerkerk, Elise

    Pages 165-222

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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women, Work and Colonialism in the Netherlands and Java
Book Subtitle
Comparisons, Contrasts, and Connections, 1830–1940
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Economic History
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-10528-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-10528-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-10527-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 283
Number of Illustrations
22 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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