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Nine Centuries of ManManhood and Masculinity in Scottish History$
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Lynn Abrams and Elizabeth L. Ewan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403894

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403894.001.0001

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Social Control and Masculinity in Early Modern Scotland: Expectations and Behaviour in a Lowland Parish

Social Control and Masculinity in Early Modern Scotland: Expectations and Behaviour in a Lowland Parish

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(p.183) 9 Social Control and Masculinity in Early Modern Scotland: Expectations and Behaviour in a Lowland Parish
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Nine Centuries of Man
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Harriet Cornell

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403894.003.0010

The experience of everyday life in early modern Scotland was conditioned by established conventions of patriarchy. The Calvinist reformation of 1560 brought a new era of social control, where the behaviour of men and women was subject to regulation and censure by an increasingly sophisticated network of secular and ecclesiastical courts. This chapter considers how male experiences of social control were far from homogeneous in the hands of this localised administration of state authority and power. Instead, accepted hierarchies based on socio-economic status and age were central influencers, meaning not only that different men experienced authority in different ways, but that experiences were subject to change over the course of the life cycle.

Keywords:   Scotland, social control, masculinity, Reformation, church, gender, legal system, social hierarchies, patriarchy

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