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History and Theory: Feminist Research, Debates, Contestations

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This volume of recent Signs articles offers a number of significant contributions to feminist debates on history and theory. It illustrates the uses of theories in recent feminist historical research and the often contentious arguments that surround them. The readings are organized into three sections. The first draws on the tradition of political economy, and discusses the importance of class relations for understanding historical events and social relationships and the expansion of concepts of political economy to include race. The second section, on "The Body," demonstrates how feminist scholars have increasingly worked to re-place the body, to move it from its traditionally less valued position in the hierarchal Enlightenment mind/body split to an approach that emphasizes the body as both material and discursive, both "real" and "representational." The final section, "Discourse," focuses on an examination of the productive power of language in both reflecting and shaping experience and in the contestation of social relations of power.

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Reprinted from various recent issues of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 16 articles demonstrate the use of theories in recent feminist historical research and the often contentious arguments that surround them. Among the topics are a feminist-Marxist theory of women and the rise of the novel; prostitution, identity, and class consciousness in Nairobi during World War II; pleasure, romance, and the family drama of colonial reform in Mary Carpenter's Six Months in India; and sensationalism, sexology, and the lesbian subject in the turn-of-the-century trials of Alice Mitchell.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Editors

Commodity Exchange and Subordination: Montagnais-Naskapi and Huron Women, 1600-1650

Karen Anderson

Women and the Rise of the Novel: A Feminist-Marxist Theory

Josephine Donovan

The Unproductive Housewife: Her Evolution in Nineteenth-Century Economic Thought

Nancy Folbre

Gender, Ethnicity, and Class in Kenya: "Burying Otieno" Revisited

April Gordon

Prostitution, Identity, and Class Consciousness in Nairobi during World War II

Luise White

From Servitude to Service Work: Historical Continuities in the Racial Division of Paid Reproductive Labor

Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Women's Voices in Nineteenth-Century Medical Discourse: A Step toward Deconstructing Science

Nancy M. Theriot

Foot-binding in Neo-Confucian China and the Appropriation of Female Labor

C. Fred Blake

Fearful Bodies into Disciplined Subjects: Pleasure, Romance, and the Family Drama of Colonial Reform in Mary Carpenter's Six Months in India

Antoinette Burton

Dancing Out the Difference: Cultural Imperialism and Ruth St. Denis's "Radha" of 1906

Jane Desmond

A Genealogy of Dependency: Tracing a Keyword of the U.S. Welfare State

Nancy Fraser, Linda Gordon.

African-American Women's History and the Metalanguage of Race

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

Getting into Trouble: Dishonest Women, Modern Girls, and Women-Men in the Conceptual Language of Vida Policial, 1925-1927

Sueann Caulfield

The Trials of Alice Mitchell: Sensationalism, Sexology, and the Lesbian Subject in Turn-of-the-Century America

Lisa Duggan

Female Desire and the Discourse of Empire: Tacitus's Messalina

Sandra R. Joshel

Feminist History after the Linguistic Turn: Historicizing Discourse and Experience

Kathleen Canning

About the Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226469300
Editor:
Higginbotham, Evelyn B.
Editor:
Joeres, Ruth-Ellen B.
Editor:
Joeres, Ruth-Ellen B.
Editor:
Maynes, Mary Jo
Editor:
Laslett, Barbara; Boetcher Joeres, Ruth-Ellen; Maynes, Mary Jo; Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks
Editor:
Higginbotham, Evelyn B.
Author:
Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks
Author:
Laslett, Barbara
Author:
Boetcher Joeres, Ruth-Ellen
Author:
Boetcher Joe
Author:
Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres
Author:
Maynes, Mary Jo
Author:
Higginbotham, Evelyn B.
Author:
res, Ruth-Ellen
Editor:
Maynes, Mary J.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Feminist theory
Subject:
Women -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Feminist Studies-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Heritage of Sociology
Publication Date:
19970431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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