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The ServerA Media History from the Present to the Baroque$
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Markus Krajewski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300180817

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300180817.001.0001

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Masters / Servants: Everyone Is a Subaltern

Masters / Servants: Everyone Is a Subaltern

(p.17) Chapter 1 Masters / Servants: Everyone Is a Subaltern
The Server

Markus Krajewski

, Ilinca Iurascu
Yale University Press

This chapter provides a brief history of service, accompanied by a systematic effort to find what distinguishes the servant from related figures like the slave, the bondsman, the apprentice, or the assistant, in order to define what a servant actually is. Based on various external markers of distinction like the livery, subalterns can be classified into hierarchies whose logic and spatial organization will be discussed using the examples of baroque palaces and English manors. The chapter also analyzes the figure of the valet de chambre, as well as the relation of subalternity as a general structure that runs through all social ranks.

Keywords:   service, servant, slave, bondsman, apprentice, assistant, subalterns, baroque palaces, English manors, valet de chambre

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