Gender History in Practice: Historical Perspectives on Bodies, Class, and Citizenship / Edition 1

Gender History in Practice: Historical Perspectives on Bodies, Class, and Citizenship / Edition 1

by Kathleen Canning
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801489717

ISBN-13: 9780801489716

Pub. Date: 01/01/2006

Publisher: Cornell University Press

The eight essays collected in this volume examine the practice of gender history and its impact on our understanding of European history. Each essay takes up a major methodological or theoretical issue in feminist history and illustrates the necessity of critiquing and redefining the concepts of body, citizenship, class, and experience through historical case studies.…  See more details below

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The eight essays collected in this volume examine the practice of gender history and its impact on our understanding of European history. Each essay takes up a major methodological or theoretical issue in feminist history and illustrates the necessity of critiquing and redefining the concepts of body, citizenship, class, and experience through historical case studies. Kathleen Canning opens the book with a new overview of the state of the art in European gender history. She considers how gender history has revised the master narratives in some fields within modern European history (such as the French Revolution) but has had a lesser impact in others (Weimar and Nazi Germany).Gender History in Practice includes two essays now regarded as classics?"Feminist History after the 'Linguistic Turn'" and "The Body as Method"—as well as new chapters on experience, citizenship, and subjectivity. Other essays in the book draw on Canning's work at the intersection of labor history, the history of the welfare state, and the history of the body, showing how the gendered "social body" was shaped in Imperial Germany. The book concludes with a pair of essays on the concepts of class and citizenship in German history, offering critical perspectives on feminist understandings of citizenship. Featuring an extensive thematic bibliography of influential works in gender history and theory that will prove invaluable to students and scholars, Gender History in Practice offers new insights into the history of Germany and Central Europe as well as a timely assessment of gender history's accomplishments and challenges.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801489716
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IBringing history to theory
1Gender history : meanings, methods, and metanarratives3
2Feminist history after the linguistic turn : historicizing discourse and experience63
3Difficult dichotomies : "experience" between narrativity and materiality101
Pt. IIBodies, the social, and labor
4Beyond insularity? : the relevance of labor history at the turn to the twenty-first century123
5Social policy, body politics : recasting the social question in Germany, 1875-1900139
6The body as method? : reflections on the place of the body in gender history168
Pt. IIIThe gender of citizenship in German history
7Of meanings and methods : the concepts of class and citizenship in German history193
8Claiming citizenship : suffrage and subjectivity in Germany after the First World War212

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