Gender and the Politics of History

Joan Wallach Scott

Columbia University Press

Gender and the Politics of History

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Pub Date: November 1999

ISBN: 9780231118576

242 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $30.00£24.95

Pub Date: September 1988

ISBN: 9780585387116

242 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $29.99£24.95

Gender and the Politics of History

Joan Wallach Scott

Columbia University Press

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.
A real tour de force. The New York Times
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
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
I. Toward a Feminist History
II. Gender and Class
III. Gender in History
IV. Equality and Difference

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.