A Companion to Gender History

A Companion to Gender History

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A Companion to Gender History surveys the history of women around the world, studies their interaction with men in gendered societies, and looks at the role of gender in shaping human behavior over thousands of years. * An extensive survey of the history of women around the world, their interaction with men, and the role of gender in shaping human behavior over thousands of years. * Discusses family history, the history of the body and sexuality, and cultural history alongside women's history and gender history. * Considers the importance of class, region, ethnicity, race and religion to the formation of gendered societies. * Contains both thematic essays and chronological-geographic essays. * Gives due weight to pre-history and the pre-modern era as well as to the modern era. * Written by scholars from across the English-speaking world and scholars for whom English is not their first language.
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  • Paperback | 690 pages
  • 180 x 241 x 38mm | 1,218g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 1405149604
  • 9781405149600
  • 1,199,759

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A Companion to Gender History surveys the history of women around the world, studies their interaction with men in gendered societies, and looks at the role of gender in shaping human behavior over thousands of years. It contains both thematic essays, which demonstrate how gender has intersected with other historical topics, and chronological-geographic essays, which explore gender in one area of the world during a specific period. All the essays consider the importance of class, region, ethnicity, race, and religion to the formation of gendered societies.


The contributions are written by scholars from across the world, including Canada, Britain, Australia, India, New Zealand, and the United States, as well as by scholars for whom English is not their first language. One of the key points to emerge from the volume as a whole is that no generalization about gender has applied to all times or all places.
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Table of contents

List of Plates. Contributors. Introduction: Teresa A. Meade and Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (Union College; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). Part I. Thematic Essays on Gender Issues in World History:. 1. Sexuality: Robert A. Nye (Oregon State University). 2. Gender and Labor in World History: Laura Levine Frader (Northeastern University). 3. Structures and Meanings in a Gendered Family History: Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). 4. Religion and Gender: Embedded Patterns, Interwoven Frameworks: Ursula King (University of Bristol). 5. Gender Rules: Law and Politics: Susan Kinsley Kent (University of Colorado, Boulder). 6. Race, Gender, and other Differences in Feminist Theory: Deirdre Keenan (Carroll College). 7. Gender and Education Before and After Mass Schooling: Pavla Miller (RMIT in Melbourne). 8. How Images Got Their Gender: Masculinity and Femininity in the Visual Arts: Mary D. Sheriff (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). 9. Revolution, Nationalism, and Anti-Imperialism: Temma Kaplan (Rutgers University). 10. Feminist Movements: Gender and Sexual Equality: Barbara Winslow (Brooklyn College of the City University of New York). Part II: Chronological and Geographical Essays:. Prehistory. 11. Gender in the Formation of the Earliest Human Societies: Marcia-Anne Dobres (University of California, Berkeley). Classical and Post-Classical Societies (2000 BCE-1400 CE). 12. Women in the Middle East, 8000 BCE to 1700 CE: Guity Nashat (University of Illinois at Chicago). 13. Gendered Themes in Early African History: David Schoenbrun (Northwestern University). 14. Confucian Complexities: China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam: Vivian-Lee Nyitray (University of California, Riverside). 15. Early Western Civilization Under the Sign of Gender: Europe and the Mediterranean, 40000 BCE to 1400 CE: Paul Halsall (University of North Florida). 16. Gender in the Ancient Americas: From Earliest Villages to European Colonization: Rosemary A. Joyce (University of California, Berkeley). Gender and the Development of Modern Society (1400-1750). 17. Gender History, Southeast Asia, and the "World Regions Framework": Barbara Watson Andaya (University of Hawai'i). 18. Did Gender have a Renaissance? Exclusions and Traditions in Early Modern Western Europe: Julie Hardwick (University of Texas at Austin). 19. Self, Society, and Gender in Early Modern Russia and Eastern Europe: Nancy Shields Kollman (Stanford University). 20. A New World Engendered: The Making of the Iberian Transatlantic Empires: Verena Stolcke (Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona). Gender and the Modern World (1750-1920). 21. Rescued from Obscurity: Contributions and Challenges in Writing the History of Gender in the Middle East and North Africa: Judith Tucker (Georgetown University). 22. Gender, Women, and the Power in Africa, 1750-1914: Marcia Wright (Columbia University). 23. Clash of Cultures: Gender and Colonialism in South and Southeast Asia: Nupur Chaudhuri (Texas Southern University). 24. From Private to Public Patriarchy: Women, Labor, and the State of East Asia, 1600-1919: Anne Walthall (University of California, Irvine). 25. Gender in the Formation of European Power, 1750-1914: Deborah Valenze (Barnard College, Columbia University). 26. Latin America and the Caribbean: Sonya Lipsett-Rivera (Carleton University). 27. North America from North of the 49th Parallel: Linda Kealey (University of New Brunswick). Gender in the Contemporary World (1920-2003). 28. Frameworks of Gender: Feminism and Nationalism in Twentieth-Century Asia: Barbara Molony (Santa Clara University). 29. Women and Gender Roles in Africa Since 1918: Sean Redding (Amherst College). 30. Continuities Amid Change: Gender Ideas and Arrangements in Twentieth-Century Russia and Eastern Europe: Barbara Evans Clements (The University of Akron). 31. Reform and Revolution in Twentieth-Century Latin America and the Caribbean: Susan K. Besse (City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY). 32. Equality and Difference in the Twentieth-Century West: North America, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand: Charles Sowerwine with Patricia Grimshaw (University of Melbourne; University of Melbourne). Bibliography. Index
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"This book is a reference masterpiece ... [with] clear and comprehensible writing. The authors ... present a truly global study." Reference Reviews
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About Teresa A. Meade

Teresa A. Meade is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Women's Studies at Union College, New York. She is the author of "Civilizing" Rio: Reform and Resistance in a Brazilian City (1997), A Brief History of Brazil (2003), and is working on a project on marriage on the Alta California frontier, 1769-1860. Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her recent books include Gender in History (Blackwell, 2001), Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (1993), Discovering the Global Past: A Look at the Evidence (1997), and Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World (1999).
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