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Gender in History: Global Perspectives, 2nd Edition

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-01
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Over the past two decades, considerations of gender have revolutionized the study of history. Yet most books on the subject remain narrowly focused on a specific time period or particular region of the world. Gender in History: A Global Perspective, 2nd Edition, continues to redress this inequity by providing a concise overview of the construction of gender in many world cultures over a period stretching from the Paleolithic era to modern times.

Thoroughly updated to reflect current developments in the field, the new edition features entirely new sections which address primates, slavery, colonialism, masculinity, transgender issues, and other relevant topics. As in the extremely well-received first edition, material is presented thematically to reveal the connections between gender and structures such as the family, economy, law, religion, sexuality, and the state. Wiesner-Hanks, a leading scholar in the field of women's history, also investigates precisely what it meant to be a man or woman throughout history; how these roles were shaped by various institutions; and how they in turn were influenced by gender. The author presents material within each chapter chronologically to highlight the ways in which gender structures have varied over time.

With remarkable clarity and theoretical sophistication, the new edition of Gender in History: A Global Perspective offers rich insights into all that is currently known about gender roles throughout world history.

Table of Contents

Chronological Table of Contents
Sex and Gender
Gender History and Theory
Structure of the Book
The Origins of Patriarchy
The Family
Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (4000 bce-600 bce)
The Classical Cultures of China, India, and the
Mediterranean (600 bce-500 ce)
Africa, the Americas, and Southeast Asia in the
Premodern Era (600 bce-1600 ce)
Medieval and Early Modern Europe and the
Mediterranean (500 ce-1600 ce)
The Colonial World (1500 ce-1900 ce)
The Industrial and Postindustrial World (1800 ce-2010 ce)
Economic Life
Foraging, Horticultural, and Herding Societies (20,000 bce-1800 ce)
Agricultural Societies (7000 bce-1800 ce)
Slavery (7000 bce-1900 ce)
Capitalism and Industrialism (1500 ce-2000 ce)
Corporations, the State, and the Service Economy (1900-2010)
Ideas, Ideals, Norms, and Laws
The Nature and Roles of Men and Women
Motherhood and Fatherhood
Ideologies, Norms, and Laws Prescribing Gender Inequity
Ideologies of Egalitarianism
Animism, Shamanism, and Paganism (from 40,000 bce)
Written Religions in the Ancient Near East (from 3000 bce)
Confucianism and Taoism (from 600 bce)
Hinduism and Buddhism (from 600 bce)
Christianity (from 30 ce)
Islam (from 600 ce)
Political Life
Kin Groups, Tribes, and Villages (from 10,000 bce)
Hereditary Aristocracies (from 3000 bce)
Citizenship (500 bce-1800 ce)
Women's Rights Movements (1800 ce-2010 ce)
Colonialism, Anticolonialism, and Postcolonialism (1500 ce-2010 ce)
Education and Culture
Classical and Postclassical Cultures (600 bce-1450 ce)
The Renaissance (1400-1600 ce)
Democracy, Modernity, and Literacy (1750-2010 ce)
Classical Eurasia (600 bce-600 ce)
The Americas (500 ce-1500 ce)
Third Genders
The Colonial World: Sex and Race (1500-1900)
Modern Sexuality in the West (1750-1950)
The Globalized World (1950-2010)
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