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Gender and the Politics of History : Gender and Culture Series - Joan Wallach Scott

Gender and the Politics of History

Gender and Culture Series

Paperback Published: 23rd January 2018
ISBN: 9780231188012
Number Of Pages: 288

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This landmark work from a renowned feminist historian is a foundational demonstration of the uses of gender as a conceptual tool for cultural and historical analysis. Joan Wallach Scott offers a trenchant critique of the compartmentalization of women's history, arguing that political and social categories are always fundamentally shaped by gender and that questions of gender are essential to considerations of difference in history. Exploring topics ranging from language and class to the politics of work and family, Gender and the Politics of History is a vital contribution to feminist history and historical methodology that also speaks more broadly to the ongoing redefinition of gender in our political and cultural vocabularies. This anniversary edition of a classic text in feminist theory and history shows the evergreen relevance of Scott's work to the humanities and social sciences. In a new preface, Scott reflects on the book's legacy and implications for contemporary politics as well as what she has reconsidered as a result of her engagement with psychoanalytic theory. The book also includes a previously unpublished essay, 'The Conundrum of Equality,'? which takes up the question of affirmative action.

Industry Reviews

A real tour de force . . . evidence of the value of Scott's project to rethink gender and history simultaneously.--New York Times
Thoughtful and pioneering.--Nation
Scott has given us an intelligent, sensitive reflection on the nature of events, of thought, of judgment, of history.--New Republic
At once a 'how-to' manual . . . and a broad assessment of the state of women's history in the 1980s. It will clearly become a classic volume for both feminist theory and women's history.--Gender and Society
Scott's book makes a powerful case not only for a historical scholarship that recognizes the depth of gender difference in human experience but also for a renewed self-consciousness about the role of the historian in constructing the meanings of our past.--American Historical Review
A radical book, provocative, exciting, and very satisfying.--Journal of Social History

Preface to the Thirtieth Anniversary EditionAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: Toward a Feminist History1. WomenÎ"-s History2. Gender: A Useful Category of Historical AnalysisPart II: Gender and Class3. On Language, Gender, and Working-Class History4. Women in The Making of the English Working ClassPart III: Gender in History5. Work Identities for Men and Women: The Politics of Work and Family in the Parisian Garment Trades in 18486. A Statistical Representation of Work: La Statistique de lÎ"-industrie '¡ Paris, 1847Î"´18487. Î"£LÎ"-ouvriere! Mot impie, sordide . . .'©'?'
  • ?: Women Workers in the Discourse of French Political Economy, 1840Î"´1860Part IV: Equality and Difference8. The Sears Case9. American Women Historians, 1884Î"´198410. The Conundrum of EqualityNotesIndex
  • ISBN: 9780231188012
    ISBN-10: 0231188013
    Series: Gender and Culture Series
    Audience: Professional
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 288
    Published: 23rd January 2018
    Publisher: Columbia University Press
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 16.5  x 1.6
    Weight (kg): 0.39
    Edition Number: 30