This volume explores the relationship of citizenship and gender
across a range of regions, nations and historical time periods.
This collection of essays acknowledges the accomplishments of
feminist scholarship in explicating the gendered exclusions that
were inherent in notions of citizenship and civil society at their
inception. In eight case studies the authors seek to render
citizenship a useful category of feminist analysis by embracing the
dualities, contingencies and contradictions contained in the
concept of citizenship. The notion of citizenship as subjectivity
acknowledges the importance of the legal prescriptions of
citizenship rights and duties, but probes more centrally how those
historical actors who lacked formal citizenship rights (women,
minorities) assigned meanings to the prescriptions and delineations
of citizenship laws, rhetorics, and practices. At the heart of each
case study is an exploration of how gender shaped claims-making
activity in the name of citizenship and how women, often aligned
with immigrants and minorities, took a leading role in articulating
Kathleen Canning is associate professor of History and Womena s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Languages of Labor and Gender: Female Factory Work in Germany 1850--1914 (Cornell University Press, 1996) and is currently working on a new book, Embodied Citizenships: Gender and the Crisis of Nation in Weimar Germany. Sonya O. Rose is Professor of History, Sociology and Womena s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Limited Livelihoods: Gender and Class in Nineteenth Century England (University of California Press, 1992) and co--editor with Laura L. Frader, of Gender and Class in Modern Europe (Cornell University Press, 1996). She has recently completed work on a new book, Which Peoplea s War? National Identity and Citizenship in World War II Britain (forthcoming).
1. Introduction: Gender, Citizenship and Subjectivity: Some Historical and Theoretical Considerations: Kathleen Canning and Sonya O. Rose. 2. Citizens and Scientists: Toward a Gendered History of Scientific Practice in Post revolutionary France: Carol E. Harrison. 3. The Rhetorics of Slavery and Citizenship: Suffragist Discourse and Canoncial Texts in Britain, 1880 1914: Laura E. Nym Mayhall. 4. Imagining Female Citizenship in the a New Spaina : Gendering the Deomcratic Transition, 1975 1978: Pamela Beth Radcliff. 5. The Trial of the New Woman: Citizens in Training in the New Soviet Republic: Elizabeth A. Wood. 6. Enfranchised Selves: Women, Culture and Rights in Nineteenth Century Bengal: Tanika Sarkar. 7. Citizenship as Non Discrimination: Acceptance or Assimilationism? Political Logic and Emotional Investment in Campaigns for Aboriginal Rights in Australia, 1940 1970: Marilyn Lake. 8. Producing Citizens, Reproducing the a French Racea : Imimigration, Demography, and Pronatalism in Early Twentieth Century France: Elisa A. Camiscioli. 9. Citizenship as Contingent National Belonging: Married Women and Foreigners in Twentieth Century Switzerland: Brigitte Studer, translated by Kate Sturge. Notes on Contributors. Index.