History and Theory: Feminist Research, Debates, Contestations
edited by Barbara Laslett, Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres, Mary Jo Maynes and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
University of Chicago Press, 1997
Cloth: 978-0-226-46930-0 | Paper: 978-0-226-46932-4
Library of Congress Classification HQ1206.H535 1997
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.42

This volume of recent Signs articles offers a number of significant contributions to feminist debates on history and theory. It illustrates the uses of theories in recent feminist historical research and the often contentious arguments that surround them. The readings are organized into three sections. The first draws on the tradition of political economy, and discusses the importance of class relations for understanding historical events and social relationships and the expansion of concepts of political economy to include race. The second section, on "The Body," demonstrates how feminist scholars have increasingly worked to re-place the body, to move it from its traditionally less valued position in the hierarchal Enlightenment mind/body split to an approach that emphasizes the body as both material and discursive, both "real" and "representational." The final section, "Discourse," focuses on an examination of the productive power of language in both reflecting and shaping experience and in the contestation of social relations of power.
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