Gender and the Politics of History

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Columbia University Press, Jan 23, 2018 - History - 263 pages

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 The book also includes a previously unpublished essay, “The Conundrum of Equality,” which takes up the question of affirmative action.


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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


Preface to the Thirtieth Anniversary Edition
Womens History
A Useful Category of Historical Analysis
On Language Gender and WorkingClass History
Women in The Making of the English Working Class
The Politics of Work
La Statistique
Discourse of French Political Economy 18401860
The Sears Case
American Women Historians 18841984
The Conundrum of Equality

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Joan Wallach Scott is professor emerita in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Her books include Only Paradoxes to Offer: French Feminists and the Rights of Man (1996); The Fantasy of Feminist History (2011); and Sex and Secularism (2017).

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