Abstract

The relationship between occupations and identity remains underexplored for the early modern period. This essay makes a case for the utility of seventeenth-century ballads to the study of that relationship. First, it outlines how ballad discourses assigned stock characteristics to various trades in ways that would have influenced external processes of identity formation. Second, it questions what these sources can tell us about internal occupational identity by examining issues of authorship and consumption. The essay concludes that ballads can be a valuable source for historians seeking to more fully appreciate the operation of early modern occupational identities.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1544-399X
Print ISSN
0018-7895
Pages
pp. 187-200
Launched on MUSE
2016-06-28
Open Access
No
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