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date: 25 May 2024


The Oxford Companion to United States History
Ellen C. DuBoisEllen C. DuBois

To paraphrase the historian Joan Scott, “gender” is most usefully understood as an analytical category of historical thought.Although usage in this way dates only from the mid-1980s, it has largely displaced the analytical category from which it developed: the social history of women. The concept of “gender” brings together the many ways in which the distinctions between male and female operate in history. Put simply, it focuses on the history of concepts of “masculinity” and “femininity” rather than on the history of men and women. Together with the categories “race” and “... ...

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