chapter  4
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What Married Women Could and Did Do—A Summary and Some Conclusions

WithCharlotte Cederbom

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The purpose of this chapter is to tie together the different strands from the previous chapters, starting out with concluding that married women’s agency—in opposition to previous research—was not dependent on the malsman system. It then briefly summarizes the most important points—the norms, the networks, and the property—and emphasizes the distinctive regional aspects of the malsman system. The chapter concludes that married women could have authority and the power to act in legal matters.