Gender and Scientific Authority
This volume of recent "Signs" articles offers some of the most significant contributions to the debates on history and theory. Illustrating the uses ... Show synopsis This volume of recent "Signs" articles offers some of the most significant contributions to the debates on history and theory. Illustrating the uses of theories in recent feminist historical research and the often contentious arguments that surround them, the articles speak to a number of discussions, including the theoretical tradition of political economy, the importance of class relations for understanding historical events and social relationships, and the expansion of concepts from political economy to include race. Included as well are the workings of gender signification in terms of the body, moving it from its traditionally lesser position in the hierarchical Enlightenment mind/body split. A further group of articles concerns the discursive character of power relations and the dialogic quality of language. The volume will be extremely useful for feminist historians in a variety of disciplines as well as women's studies students interested in issues of interdisciplinarity. Sixteen articles include contributions by Karen Anderson, Josephine Donovan, Nancy Folbre, Evelyn Nakano Glenn, April Gordon, Luise White, C. Fred Blake, Antoinette Burton, Jane Desmond, Nancy M. Theriot, Kathleen Canning, Sueann Caulfield, Lisa Duggan, Nancy Fraser and Linda Gordon, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, and Sandra R. Joshel. Barbara Laslett is a professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. Ruth-Ellen B. Joeres is a professor of German at the University of Minnesota. Mary Jo Maynes is a professor of history at the University of Minnesota. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham is a professor of Afro-American Studies and African American religious history at Harvard University. Jean Barker Nunn is theformer managing editor of Signs.