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Women in France Since 1789 The Meanings of Difference by Susan K. Foley

Women in France Since 1789 The Meanings of Difference

Part of the Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies Series Series


Women in France Since 1789 The Meanings of Difference by Susan K. Foley

This compelling study traces the changes in women's lives in France from 1789 to the present. Susan K. Foley surveys the patterns of women's experiences in the socially-segregated society of the early nineteenth century, and then traces the evolution of their lifestyles to the turn of the twenty-first century, when many of the earlier social distinctions had disappeared. Focusing on women's contested place within the political nation, Women in France since 1789 examines:- the on-going strength of notions of sexual difference- recurrent debates over gender- the anxiety created by women's perceived departure from ideals of womanhood- major controversies over matters such as reproductive rights, significant cultural changes, and women's often under-estimated political roles. By addressing and exploring these key issues, Foley demonstrates women's efforts over two centuries to create a place in society on their own terms.


'A good short summary.' - Professor Martyn Lyons, University of New South Wales, Australia 'This is a clearly written synthesis on aspects of the history of women in France since the Revolution. Foley shows a sensible, light and balanced touch in dealing with 'women'
and feminist theory

...' - Pamela Pilbeam, European History Quarterly

About the Author

SUSAN K. FOLEY is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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Publication date

23rd August 2004


Susan K. Foley

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Palgrave Macmillan


378 pages




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