What is Gender History
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What is Gender History

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This book provides a short and accessible introduction to the field of gender history, one that has vastly expanded in scope and substance since the mid 1970s. Paying close attention to both classic texts in the field and the latest literature, the author examines the origins and development of the field and elucidates current debates and controversies. She highlights the significance of race, class and ethnicity for how gender affects society, culture and politics as well as delving into histories of masculinity. The author discusses in a clear and straightforward manner the various methods and approaches used by gender historians. Consideration is given to how the study of gender illuminates the histories of revolution, war and nationalism, industrialization and labor relations, politics and citizenship, colonialism and imperialism using as examples research dealing with the histories of a number of areas across the globe. Written by one of the leading scholars in this vibrant field, What is Gender History? will be the ideal introduction for students of all levels.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 166 pages
  • 142 x 218 x 18mm | 322.05g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 074564614X
  • 9780745646145

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"Sonya Rose has written a wide-ranging survey of an important and rapidly changing field of historical study. Notable for its clarity, its sophistication, and its generous appreciation of diverse approaches, this book provides a splendid introduction to the study of gender dynamics in history." Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney "In this very useful book Sonya O. Rose clarifies but does not simplify the complicated epistemological debates that have enriched gender history, and she provides succinct summaries of the abundant and far-ranging work of gender scholars that will profit readers from all fields and levels of preparation." Robert A. Nye, Oregon State University "This excellent survey of gender history is concise, informative and lucid. Herself a pioneer of the field, Sonya Rose explains concepts and terminology, debate and theoretical evolution, all with admirable balance and clarity. It will be a valuable guide to the history of gender for students and teachers alike." Angela Woollacott, Australian National University "This book is a lucid introduction to historians' engagement with gender. Rose guides us through the territories of sexuality, the body, masculinity, and subjectivity while demonstrating throughout the historical importance of gender's intersection with class, race and ethnicity. Written in a clear and direct style, and embellished with excellent examples, the book is a friend able to help the reader understand complex issues vital to our appreciation of the past and the present." Penny Summerfield, University of Manchester "Sonya O. Rose's book What is Gender History? is an excellent introduction in the development of the theoretical debates, methods and themes of gender history, which is extremely useful for every student who wants to explore the field of gender history and its evolution. It is written in such an accessible way that also undergraduates will find it very interesting." Karen Hagemann, University of North Carolinashow more

About Sonya O. Rose

Sonya O. Rose is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Michigan.show more

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This book provides a short and accessible introduction to the field of gender history, one that has vastly expanded in scope and substance since the mid 1970s. Paying close attention to both classic texts in the field and the latest literature, the author examines the origins and development of the field and elucidates current debates and controversies. She highlights the significance of race, class and ethnicity for how gender affects society, culture and politics as well as delving into histories of masculinity. The author discusses in a clear and straightforward manner the various methods and approaches used by gender historians. Consideration is given to how the study of gender illuminates the histories of revolution, war and nationalism, industrialization and labor relations, politics and citizenship, colonialism and imperialism using as examples research dealing with the histories of a number of areas across the globe. Written by one of the leading scholars in this vibrant field, What is Gender History? will be the ideal introduction for students of all levels.show more

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements vi 1 Why Gender History? 1 2 Bodies and Sexuality in Gender History 17 3 Gender and Other Relations of Difference 36 4 Men and Masculinity 56 5 Gender and Historical Knowledge 80 6 Assessing Turns and New Directions 102 Notes 122 Suggestions for Further Reading 138 Index 147show more

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