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RA-50134-14
Long-Term Research Fellowships at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Karin Wulf, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

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“Marriage and the Construction of Colonial Order: Jurisdiction, Gender, and Class in Seventeenth Century Dutch Batavia" (Article)
Title: “Marriage and the Construction of Colonial Order: Jurisdiction, Gender, and Class in Seventeenth Century Dutch Batavia"
Author: Deborah Hamer
Abstract: Looking anew at marriage in Batavia suggests that debates over marriage offer an ideal entry point into investigations of the legal pluralities that characterised Batavian society. As the discussions in 1635 and 1636 between the Company's directors and the Dutch Reformed Church surrounding the rumoured marriage ban for Company employees suggest, the law was more contentious than has previously been recognised. It was not simply that people did not obey the law and that the jurisdictional categories that authorities aimed to create were more aspirational than real, though that is true. It was also that there were disagreements within the East India Company's ranks – the directors in the Dutch Republic, Batavia's Company-appointed high government and ministers from the Reformed Church – and between the East India Company and other non-Dutch groups that claimed to have their own jurisdictions in the city, over whether to prioritise the project of separating people or whether to maximise the opportunities for legal marriage.
Year: 2017
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Gender & History


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