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Levke Harders verknüpft in dieser ersten Disziplingeschichte des Faches American Studies neuere Ansätze der Wissenschaftsgeschichte mit einer geschlechter- und sozialhistorischen Perspektive, um soziale und politische Faktoren in der Fachentwicklung ebenso wie die (Re-) Produktion struktureller und epistemologischer Ungleichheiten aufzuzeigen.
English Description: The institutionalization of American studies as an interdisciplinary field for instruction and research was a reaction to the scientific and social issues in the USA. At the same time it was also combined with the gender-specific differentiations of academic disciplines. In hindsight, the function of the field in national-cultural constructions and also the inner-disciplinary processes of social differentiation, triggered exclusionary mechanisms whose consequences were that female, non-white and non-academic Americanists were defined as not belonging to the center of the field. The authors show that the scholarly field is characterized by disparate careers, distinctive institutional as well as material circumstances and that gender is also rooted in the content and conceptions of American studies.
Levke Harders connects new approaches from scientific history with gender and social historical perspectives in this premier disciplinary history of the field of American studies, in order to reveal the social and political factors in the development of the field as well as the (re-) production of structural and epistemological disparities within it.