Joan Wallach Scott

storica statunitense

Joan Wallach Scott (Brooklyn, 18 dicembre 1941) è una storica statunitense.

Joan Wallach Scott

È titolare della cattedra dedicata al professore Harold F. Linder presso la Scuola di Scienze Sociali dell'Università di Princeton.


Specialista di Storia della Francia, Joan Wallach Scott è conosciuta per i suoi contributi agli studi di genere. È l'autrice dell'articolo Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis, pubblicato nel 1986 nella American Historical Review, tradotto in italiano con il titolo Il genere: un'utile categoria di analisi storica[1], che è tra i più letti e citati della rivista Historical Rewiew ed ha segnato un cambiamento determinante per la storia di genere, la storia del pensiero e nella storiografia Anglo-Americana. Nel corso della sua carriera accademica, ha ricevuto numerosi premi e riconoscimenti, fra cui l'American Historical Association's Herbert Baxter Adams Prize. I suoi libri sono tradotti in molte lingue, compresi il giapponese ed il coreano. È una delle fondatrici della rivista The History of the Present[2].

Joan Wallach Scott è nipote dell'attore Eli Wallach.



  • The Glassworkers of Carmaux: French Craftsmen and Political Action in a Nineteenth Century City. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1974; French translation, Flammarion, 1982.
  • Women, Work and Family (coauthored with Louise Tilly). New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978; Routledge, 1987; Italian translation, 1981; French translation, 1987; Korean translation 2008.
  • Gender and the Politics of History. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988; Revised edition, 1999. Japanese translation, Heibonsha 1992; Spanish translation, Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2008.
  • Only Paradoxes to Offer: French Feminists and the Rights of Man. Harvard University Press, 1996; French translation: Albin Michel, 1998; Portuguese translation: Editora Mulheres 2002; Korean translation, Sang Sanchi 2006.
  • Parité: Sexual Equality and the Crisis of French Universalism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. French translation: Albin Michel 2005. Korean translation: Ingansarang 2009.
  • The Politics of the Veil. Princeton University Press, 2007. Bulgarian translation 2008; Arabic translation, Toubkal, 2009.
  • Théorie Critique de l'Histoire: Identités, expériences, politiques. Fayard, 2009. Edited: Western Societies: A Documentary History (edited, with Brian Tierney), 2 vols. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1983; 2nd edition, 1999.
  • Learning about Women: Gender, Power and Politics, (edited with Jill Conway and Susan Bourque). University of Michigan Press, 1987.
  • Feminists Theorize the Political (edited with Judith Butler). New York, Routledge, 1992.
  • Alper, Benedict S. Love and Politics in Wartime: Letters to my Wife, 1943-5. University of Illinois Press, 1992.
  • The Mythmaking Frame of Mind: Social Imagination and American Culture (edited with James Gilbert, Amy Gilman, and Donald Scott). San Francisco, Wadsworth, 1992.
  • Feminism and History (A volume in the Oxford series, Readings in Feminism). Oxford University Press, 1996.
  • Transitions, Environments, Translations: Feminisms in International Politics (edited with Cora Kaplan and Debra Keates). Routledge, 1997.
  • Schools of Thought: Twenty-five Years of Interpretive Social Science (edited with Debra Keates). Princeton University Press, 2001.
  • Going Public: Feminism and the Shifting Boundaries of the Private Sphere (edited with Debra Keates). Champaign IL: University of Illinois Press, 2004.
  • Women's Studies on the Edge. Durham, Duke University Press, 2009. II.
  • The Fantasy of Feminist History. Durham, Duke University Press, 2011.


  • "The Glassworkers of Carmaux," Nineteenth Century Cities: Essays in the New Urban History, edited by S. Thernstrom and R. Sennett. (Yale University Press, 1969), pp. 3-48.
  • "Les Verriers de Carmaux, 1865-1900," Le Mouvement Social 76 (1971), pp. 67-93.
  • "Women's Work and the Family in 19th Century Europe," (coauthored with Louise Tilly) The Family in History, C. Rosenberg, ed. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1975), pp. 145-178.
  • "Labor History in the United States since the 1960's," Le Mouvement Social, No. 100 (July 1977), pp. 121-131.
  • Recent U.S. Scholarship on the History of Women (coauthored with B. Sicherman, W. Monter, K. Sklar). American Historical Association, 1980.
  • "Social History and the History of Socialism: French Socialist Municipalities in the 1890's," Le Mouvement Social 111 (Spring 1980), pp. 145-153.
  • "Political Shoemakers," (coauthored with Eric Hobsbawm) Past and Present 89 (November 1980), pp. 86-114.
  • "Dix Ans de l'histoire des femmes aux états-unis," Le Débat 19 (1981), pp. 127-132 (translated into Spanish for publication in Débat, 1984).
  • "Politics and the Profession: Women Historians in the 1980's," Women's Studies Quarterly 9:3 (Fall 1981).
  • "Mayors versus Police Chiefs: Socialist Municipalities Confront the French State," in John Merriman, ed., French Cities in the Nineteenth Century. (London, Hutchinson 1982), pp. 230-45.
  • "Popular Theater and Socialism in Late Nineteenth Century France," in Seymour Drescher, David Sabean, and Allen Sharlin, eds., Political Symbolism in Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of George L. Mosse. (New Brunswick, Transaction Books 1982), pp. 197-215.
  • "The Mechanization of Women's Work," Scientific American 247:3 (September 1982), pp. 166-87.
  • "Women's History: The Modern Period," Past and Present 101 (November 1983), pp. 141-57.
  • "Men and Women in the Parisian Garment Trades: Discussions of Family and Work in the 1830's and 40's," R. Floud, G. Crossick and P. Thane, eds., The Power of the Past: Essays in Honor of Eric Hobsbawm. (Cambridge University Press, 1984), pp. 67-94.
  • "Statistical Representations of Work: The Chamber of Commerce's Statistique de l'Industrie à Paris, 1847-48," in Stephen Kaplan, ed., Work in 18th and 19th Century France. (Cornell University Press, 1986), pp. 335-363.
  • "Women's History as Women's Education: Representations of Sexuality and Women's Colleges in America," (Smith College, Northampton, Mass., 1986).
  • "Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis," American Historical Review 91, No. 5 (December 1986), pp. 1053-75. (French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Estonian, and Polish translations). edizione italiana in Jaon W. Scott, Genere, politica e storia, Roma, Viella, 2013, pp. 31-63.
  • "On Language, Gender, and Working Class History," International Labor and Working Class History 31(Spring 1987), pp. 1-13 and "Reply to Critics of This Piece," 32 (Fall 1987), pp. 39-45. (Spanish and Swedish translations).
  • "'L'Ouvrière! Mot Impie, Sordide...' Women Workers in the Discourse of French Political Economy (1840-1860)," in Patrick Joyce, ed., The Historical Meanings of Work. (Cambridge University Press, 1987), pp. 119-42. French translation in Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales 83 (June 1990), pp. 2-15.
  • "Rewriting History," in Margaret Higonnet, et al., eds., Behind the Lines: Gender and the Two World Wars. (Yale University Press, 1987), pp. 19-30.
  • "History and Difference," Daedalus (Fall 1987), pp. 93-118. "Deconstructing Equality-versus-Difference: Or, the Uses of Poststructuralist Theory for Feminism," Feminist Studies (Spring 1988), pp. 33-50.
  • "The Problem of Invisibility," in S. Jay Kleinberg, ed., Retrieving Women's History: Changing Perceptions of the Role of Women in Politics and Society. (London and Paris, Berg/Unesco 1988), pp. 5-29.
  • "History in Crisis? The Others' Side of the Story," American Historical Review 94 (June 1989), pp. 680-692.
  • “Interview with Joan Scott,” Radical History Review 45 (1989), pp. 41-59.
  • "French Feminists and the Rights of 'Man': Olympe de Gouges' Declarations," History Workshop No. 28 (Autumn 1989), pp. 1-21.
  • "A Woman Who Has Only Paradoxes to Offer: Olympe de Gouges Claims Rights for Women," in Sara E. Melzer and Leslie W. Rabine, eds., Rebel Daughters: Women and the French Revolution. (New York, Oxford University Press, 1992), pp. 102-20.
  • "Women's History," in New Perspectives on Historical Writing, Peter Burke, ed. (London, Polity Press, 1991), pp. 42-66.
  • "Rethinking the History of Women's Work," chapter for Vol. IV of Storia della Donne, edited by Michelle Perrot and Georges Duby (Rome, Laterza, 1990; Paris, Plon, 1991; Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 1993), pp. 773-797.
  • "The Evidence of Experience," Critical Inquiry (Summer 1991); reprinted in various collections of essays, and in Questions of Evidence: Proof, Practice, and Persuasion across the Disciplines, edited by James Chandler, Arnold I. Davidson, and Harry Harootunian (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994), pp. 363-387. Spanish translation 2001.
  • "Liberal Historians: A Unitary Vision," Chronicle of Higher Education, September 11, 1991, pp. B1-2.
  • "The Campaign Against Political Correctness: What's Really at Stake?" Change (November/December 1991), pp. 30-43; reprinted in Radical History Review, 1992, pp. 59-79; also in various collections of essays.
  • "Multiculturalism and the Politics of Identity," October 61 (Summer 1992), pp. 12-19; reprinted in The Identity in Question, John Rajchman, ed. (New York: Routledge, 1995), pp. 3-12.
  • "The New University: Beyond Political Correctness," Boston Review, (March/April 1992), pp. 29-31.
  • "The Rhetoric of Crisis in Higher Education," in Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities, edited by Michael Bérubé and Cary Nelson. (Routledge, 1995), pp. 293-334.
  • "Academic Freedom as an Ethical Practice," in The Future of Academic Freedom, edited by Louis Menand. (University of Chicago Press, 1996), pp. 163-180.
  • "Forum: Raymond Martin, Joan W. Scott, and Cushing Strout on 'Telling the Truth About History,'" History and Theory, Vol. 34 (1995), pp. 329-334.
  • "Vive la différence!" Le Débat, November-December 1995, pp. 134-139. "After History?", Common Knowledge, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Winter, 1996), pp. 9-26.
  • "'La Querelle des Femmes' in Late Twentieth Century France," New Left Review Nov./Dec. 1997, pp. 3-19 (French translation: Parité-infos, #19, Sept. 1997).
  • "Border Patrol," contribution to "Forum" A Crisis in History? On Gérard Noiriel's Sur la Crise de l'Histoire," French Historical Studies 21:3 (Summer 1998) pp. 383-397.
  • “Some Reflections on Gender and Politics,” in Revisioning Gender, Myra Marx Ferree, Judith Lorber, and Beth B. Hess, ed. (Sage Publications, 1999), pp. 70-96.
  • “Entretien avec Joan Scott,” Mouvements: Sociétés, politique, culture no. 2 (Jan- Fev 1999), pp. 101-112.
  • “La Traduction Infidèle,” Vacarme, No. 19 (1999).
  • “Feminist Family Politics,” French Politics, Culture and Society 17:3-4 (Summer/Fall 1999) pp. 20-30.
  • “The ‘Class’ We Have Lost,” International Labor & Working-Class History, no. 57 (Spring 2000) pp. 69-75.
  • “Fantasy Echo: History and the Construction of Identity,” Critical Inquiry 27 (Winter 2001) pp. 284-304. (German translation: “Phantasie und Erfahrung,” Feministische Studien Vol. 2, 2001).
  • “Les ‘guerres académiques’ aux Etats-Unis,” in L'Université en questions: marché des saviors, nouvelle agora, tour d'ivoire?, edited by Julie Allard, Guy Haarscher, and Maria Puig de la Bellacasa (Brussels: Editions Labor, 2001).
  • “Faculty Governance,” Academe July-August 2002, pp. 41-48.
  • “French Universalism in the 90's,” differences 15.2 (2004) pp. 32-53.
  • “Feminism's History,” Journal of Women's History 16.1 (2005), pp. 10-29.
  • “Symptomatic Politics: The Banning of Islamic Head Scarves in French Public Schools,” French Politics, Culture and Society 23:3 (Fall 2005), pp. 106-27.
  • “Against Eclecticism,” differences 16.3 (Fall 2005), pp. 114-37. “History-writing as Critique”, Keith Jenkins, et al., eds., Manifestos for History (London:Routledge, 2007), 19-38.
  • “Back to the Future,” History and Theory 47:2 (2008) pp. 279-84.
  • “Unanswered Questions,” contribution to AHR Forum, “ ”Revisiting ‘Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis',” American Historical Review 113:5 (Dec. 2008), pp. 1422-30.
  • “Finding Critical History,” in James Banner and John Gillis, eds. Becoming Historians (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009), pp. 26-53.
  • “Knowledge, Power, and Academic Freedom,” Social Research (Summer 2009).
  • “Gender: Still a Useful Category of Analysis?” Diogenes Vol. 57, No. 225 (2010).
  • “Storytelling,” History and Theory (Spring 2011).


  1. ^ Joan W. Scott, "Il genere: un'utile categoria di analisi storica" (PDF), in Ida Fazio (a cura di), Genere, politica, storia, Roma, Viella, 2013, pp. 31-63, ISBN 9788867280025. URL consultato il 3 giugno 2017 (archiviato dall'url originale l'11 luglio 2016).
  2. ^ Dal sito ufficiale di The History of Present

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