On the Importance of Naming: Gender, Race, and the Writing of Policy History

  title={On the Importance of Naming: Gender, Race, and the Writing of Policy History},
  author={Eileen Boris},
  journal={Journal of Policy History},
  pages={72 - 92}
  • E. Boris
  • Published 1 January 2005
  • History
  • Journal of Policy History
Twenty years ago, just as the study of policy was emerging out of the morass of political history, historians of women rediscovered the state. What I will name the policy turn challenged a kind of intellectual separate sphere in which women's history addressed home, family, and intimate life and left to other historians everything else. The policy turn shifted attention from Carroll Smith Rosenberg's “Female World of Love and Ritual” without losing the self-activity and focus on female… 

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