Feminism and History (Oxford Readings in Feminism) by Joan Wallach Scott

By Joan Wallach Scott

This stimulating quantity bargains a cross-disciplinary choice of fresh articles on feminist heritage. disregarding essentialist bills of a common woman id, the individuals research how rules approximately sexual distinction are formed via particular socio-historical conditions. How, for instance, do matters comparable to race, category, gender, and sexuality impression at the event of "women"? How are such different types outlined in greatly disparate cultures and time classes? Refreshingly open to non-western, in addition to western, views, Feminism and heritage addresses topics from the event of girls in Colonial Asia to the ideology of sexual distinction in Nazi Germany. well timed, provocative, and influential, those essays elevate exciting questions about the longer term path of women's historical past.

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Women' became a modern social category when their place as newly re-mapped entities was distributed among the other collectivities established by these nineteenth-century sciences. 'Men' did not undergo any parallel re-alignments. But 'society' relied on 'man' too, but now as the opposite which secured its own balance. The couplet of man and society, and the ensuing riddle of their relationship, became the life-blood of anthropology, sociology, and social psychologythe endless problem of how the individual stood vis-è-vis the world.

14 So the general feminine description can be split in such ways, and its elements played off against each other. But the overall effect is only to intensify the excessively described and attributed being of 'women'. Feminism of late has emphasized that indeed 'women' are far from being racially or culturally homogeneous, and it may be < previous page page_31 If you like this book, buy it! html6/19/2010 11:34:34 PM next page > page_32 < previous page page_32 next page > Page 32 thought that this corrective provides the proper answer to the hesitations I've advanced here about 'women' But this is not the same preoccupation.

For the nineteenth century, arguments as to how the concept of class was developed in a profoundly gendered manner, and how it in turn shaped modern notions of 'women'. 7 These suggestions could proliferate endlessly; in these pages I have only offered sketches of a couple of them. What does it mean to say that the modern collectivity of women was established in the midst of other formations? Feminism's impulse is often, not surprisingly, to make a celebratory identification with a rush of Women onto the historical stage.

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