Gender and the Politics of History

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Columbia University Press, 1999 - Social Science - 267 pages
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Winner, in the original edition, of the 1989 Joan Kelly Prize of the American Historical Association, this landmark work from a renowned feminist historian is a trenchant critique of women's history and gender inequality. Exploring topics ranging from language and gender to the politics of work and family, Gender and the Politics of History is a crucial interrogation of the uses of gender as a tool for cultural and historical analysis.

The revised edition -- in addition to providing a new generation of readers with access to a classic text in feminist theory and history -- reassesses the book's fundamental topic: the category of gender. In provocatively arguing that gender no longer serves to destabilize our understanding of sexual difference, the new preface and new chapter open a critical dialogue with the original book.

 

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An important contribution to theoretical gender historical writing, this book was perhaps the first to introduce into gender history the notion of gender as the social construction of sexual ... Read full review

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Feminist history and post-structuralist theory have changed the way we perceive history, Scott states in the introduction to these nine essays. Offering her own broad, complex, and clearly stated ... Read full review

Contents

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VI
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VII
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VIII
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XIII
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Page 254 - Edmund S. Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia (New York: WW Norton & Company, 1975); Orlando Patterson, Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1982). 21. Joan W. Scott, "The Evidence of Experience," Critical Inquiry 17 (Summer 1991): 776.

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Joan Wallach Scott is professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She is author of Only Paradoxes to Offer: French Feminists and the Rights of Man, The Glassworkers of Carmaux for which she won the H.B. Adams Prize from the American Historical Association, and (with Louise Tilly) Women, Work, and the Family.

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