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Joan W. Scott

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Overview

Author

Joan W. Scott

Year Published

1986

Type

Primary Source

Genre

Argument, History, Women's Studies

At a Glance

"Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis" is a chapter that garnered a lot of attention from a book of essays published in 1988. Joan W. Scott wrote the essays while she was the director of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. Scott was educated as a social historian, but as her career continued she turned to theory and focused on feminist history and gender theory. She is known for her research into French history, but her work on theory and analysis can be applied beyond that specialty. A 30th anniversary edition of Gender and the Politics of History which contains the chapter "Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis" was published in 2018 and scholars and students are still referring to this text today.

Perspective and Narrator

"Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis" is told in the first person by the author Joan W. Scott.

About the Title

Joan W. Scott was trained in the study of social history and moved beyond that to examine gender theory and feminist history. As a historian she witnessed the history of women being left out of historical studies, and she wanted to figure out why and how to change this. Her theoretical work examines power dynamics and gives insight into the past and the present day.

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