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Gender History in Practice: Historical Perspectives on Bodies, Class, and Citizenship
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. ...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published February 9th 2006 by Cornell University Press
(first published 2006)
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Gender History in Practice deals artfully with a lot of difficult material, making it hard to adequately summarize. Canning details the emergence of gender history from within the field of women's history. In the process she both summarizes and intervenes in theoretical debates about historical categories about that transition. Canning powerfully demonstrates the simple but important point that historians should respond to theoretical debates by going back into the archive. Canning did so in ...more
Oct 13, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gender historians, feminists, history professors
Recommended to Michael by: Karen Hagemann
First of all: a confession. When I pulled this book from my shelf to prepare the review, there were no signs of its ever having been opened or read before. I bought it at the beginning of my first year as a PhD candidate, and I know what class it was for, but I can’t recall that I actually did read it. Possibly it was on the original reading list, but cut because we ran out of time, or maybe we just discussed a single essay, which I wound up finding online and printing out separately, but it’s ...more
In many ways, Kathleen Canning’s Gender History in Practice: Historical Perspectives of Body, Class, and Citizenship is excellently paired with Karen Hagemann and Jean Quataert’s Gendering Modern German History: Rewriting Historiography as an introduction to German gender history for graduate students. Both are fairly recent edited collections, from 2006 and 2007 respectively, which provide valuable commentary on the state of gender history. Both examine the historiographic trends that have ...more