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Acknowledgments Introduction: Inventing Citizenship in the Revolutionary Marketplace Chapter 1: The Dames des Halles: Economic Lynchpins and the People Personified Chapter 2: Embodying Sovereignty: The October Days, Political Activism, and Maternal Work Chapter 3: Occupying the Marketplace: The Battle Over Public Space,Particular Interests, and the Body Politic Chapter 4: Exacting Change: Money, Market Women, and the Crumbling Corporate World Chapter 5: The Cost of Female Citizenship: Price Controls and the Gendering of Democracy in Revolutionary France Chapter 6: Selling Legitimacy: Merchants, Police, and the Politics of Popular Subsistence Chapter 7: Commercial Licenses as Political Contracts: Working Out Autonomy and Economic Citizenship Conclusion: Fruits of Labors: Citizenship as Social Experience Notes Bibliography Index

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Katie Jarvis is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.


"The most imaginative and indomitable research lies behind this elegantly argued book that recasts a whole series of now standard arguments about gender and citizenship in the French Revolution. Katie Jarvis brings markets, food, money, and taxes back into the mix and in the process shows how politics, economics, and gender cannot be understood as separate categories. This is a brilliant achievement that marks the appearance of a major new talent in historical scholarship."--Lynn Hunt, author of History: Why It Matters "Katie Jarvis's remarkably innovative and beautifully written book brings to life one of the most visible and active participants in the French Revolution, the fishwives and market women of central Paris. It goes beyond abstract political, economic, and gender theory to explore the women's real experience at street level and how they helped shape a new concept of citizenship and national identity. It will stand as a landmark in the history of women in the French Revolution and of the Revolution more generally."--Timothy Tackett, author of The Coming of the Terror "Combining insights from labor and economic history, the history of women and gender, and the political history of the Revolution in wonderfully innovative ways, Katie Jarvis challenges us to understand the formation of the category of citizen from the bottom up and through the daily practices of working women."--Clare Haru Crowston, author of Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France "With a Balzacian eye for the telling detail, Jarvis brings the reader into the world of the revolutionary market women of Paris, the Dames des Halles. Richly textured, in the best tradition of the classic studies of the early modern working class, Politics in the Marketplace brings into dialogue gender analysis, legal history, and political economic approaches to provide a model for how social history should be done."--Rafe Blaufarb, author of The Great Demarcation: The French Revolution and the Invention of Modern Property "Finely wrought and persuasively arguedc. Jarvis returns to sources bases, topics, and questions that might have appeared exhausted by generations of scholarly literature, and, with an exceptional archival eye and delicate analytic brushstrokes, reveals them to be still alive with insights and possibilitiesc. Politics in the Marketplace is an innovative contribution to the history of the French Revolution as well as to social history more generally. Jarvis shows that to understand the larger importance of the French Revolution, we need not only look at the giant contours of global history, but also back to the everyday lives of those who lived through it." -Erika Vause

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