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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.
"A tour de force [the essays] reveal historical imagination relentlessly moving forward... as sophisticated advocacy for the case of theory, and illumination of the state of the art of women's history, there is nothing better than Gender and the Politics of History." Voice Literary Supplement
"Scott has given us an intelligent, sensitive reflection on the nature of events, of thought, of judgement, of history... The questions Scott asks deserve pursuit. They will enlarge the scope of historical understanding and spawn new questions to be asked in turn." The New Republic
< P> The classic work, now with a preface and a new chapter reassessing the usefulness of the gender category. Scott, a renowned feminist historian, critiques women's history and gender inequality. Exploring topics ranging from language and gender to the politics of work and family, < I> Gender and the Politics of History< /I> is a crucial interrogation of the uses of gender as a tool for cultural and historical analysis.< /P>
Exploring such topics from language and gender to the politics of work and family, this text offers a contribution to the exploration of how gender can be used as a category of cultural and historical analysis.
About the Author
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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