AHR Forum: Revisiting 'Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis'

TitleAHR Forum: Revisiting 'Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis'
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsTinsman, Heidi, Joan Wallach Scott, Eric D. Weitz, Gail Hershatter, Wang Zheng, Maria Bucur-Deckard, Dylan Elliot, and Joanne Meyerowitz
JournalAmerican Historical Review
Volume113
Issue5
Pagination1344-1429
Date Published12/2008
Abstract

Over the last four decades, feminist scholars have contributed immeasurably to our understanding of the past, deepening our sense of what history means, widening the purview of what history can be, and redefining the very categories of historical analysis. No one has contributed more in this last sense than Joan W. Scott. Her article "Gender: A Useful Category of History Analysis," which appeared in the December 1986 issue of the American Historical Review, presented a sophisticated argument, using poststructuralist and psychoanalytical theories for how we should think of "gender," and warning us against the fixed or essentialist views that the term has often implied

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