Ashford HIS 378 Week 3 Discussion 1 Gender History and Postcolonial Theory NEW​

Gender Analysis and Postcolonial Theory. 1st Post Due by Day 3.


Tosh, John. The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of History (6th ed.). New

York: Routledge, 2015.

· Chapter 6: Writing and Interpretation

· Chapter 10: Gender Analysis and Postcolonial Theory

Scott, Joan. “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis” in Gender and the Politics of History(Revised Edition). New York: Columbia University Press, 1999, 28-50. Accessed December 9, 2015 ALCS Humanities E-Book Collection

Prakash, Gyan. “Introduction: After Colonialism” in After Colonialism: Imperial Histories and Postcolonial Displacements. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 3-20 Accessed December 9, 2015 ALCS Humanities E-Book Collection.

Reflect. Historians often employ a theoretical framework in answering their research questions. This framework is based upon the experience of the historian, the sources he/she has used and/or plan on using, the research question he/she is interested in, and the state of the historical field. Reflect on Chapter 10 of Tosh, your reading from Scott or Prakash, your final project topic, and your study of history to this point. Reflecting on your final project topic, what research questions would be asked by gender or postcolonial historians on this subject? What sources would they use? Does your understanding of history lend itself to using a gender analysis or postcolonial theory approach? Why or why not?

Write. Gender analysis and post-colonial theory grew out of social history in the 1970s. In your response below, you will pick either gender analysis (using the Scott chapter) OR post-colonial theory (using the Prakash chapter), and when you respond, make sure to respond to at least one classmate that chose the other approach.

Construct a comprehensive post that examines the following questions regarding the approach of your choice.

o Reflecting on the social climate of the time, postulate why these approaches gained traction within the discipline of history in the 1970s.

o What questions do these approaches strive to answer? How? Why? How do Scott and Prakash frame the importance of this approach?

o How does each of these approaches analyze “power relations?” How is this different from social history?

o What are the potential strengths and limitations of either approach?

o How might your topic be examined by using either of these approaches?

Your initial post should be at least 250 to 300 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references in CMS format.

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