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Sex and Secularism (Public Square #1)

Sex and Secularism (Public Square #1)

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Publication Date: November 12th, 2019
Princeton University Press
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How gender inequality is built into the conception of modern secular nation-states

Joan Wallach Scott's acclaimed writings have been foundational for the field of gender history. With Sex and Secularism, she challenges one of the central claims of the "clash of civilizations" polemic--that secularism guarantees gender equality. Drawing on a wealth of scholarship, Scott shows that the gender equality invoked today as an enduring principle was not originally associated with the term "secularism" when it first entered the nineteenth-century lexicon. In fact, the inequality of the sexes was fundamental to the separation of church and state that inaugurated Western modernity. Scott reveals how the assertion that secularism has been synonymous with equality between the sexes has distracted our attention from difficulties related to gender difference--ones shared by Western and non-Western cultures alike.

About the Author

Joan Wallach Scott is professor emerita in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and adjunct professor of history at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her many books include the classic Gender and the Politics of History, The Politics of the Veil (Princeton), and Knowledge, Power, and Academic Freedom.