Contingent Maps: Rethinking Western Women's History and the North American West by Susan E. GrayContingent Maps: Rethinking Western Women's History and the North American West by Susan E. Gray

Contingent Maps: Rethinking Western Women's History and the North American West

EditorSusan E. Gray, Gayle Gullett

Paperback | September 11, 2014

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Contingent Maps is an appeal to all who read, write, and care about the history of women in the North American West. Susan E. Gray and Gayle Gullett, former co-editors of Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, argue that the discipline of Western women’s history, despite its many years of accomplishment, remains “the stepsister to both U.S. women’s history and the New Western history.” The problem, they assert, is one of place. Western women’s history remains unhappily chained to one place, Frederick Jackson Turner’s mythical frontier, where white civilization vanquished Indigenous savagery. Drawing on the work of feminist geographers, Gray and Gullett contend that the West is better understood as a place of many places.

Contingent Maps demonstrates how employing place as an analytical tool transforms Western women’s history. Gray and Gullett depict place as not only a physical location but as a way of understanding, as the spatial configuration of power relations that are always in flux. As a place and many places, the West is therefore always being constructed. All maps are contingent, as Gray and Gullett’s reading of the articles in this collection attest. Contingent Maps offers histories of Wests ranging from the nineteenth century to the near present. This synthesis of feminist history and geography has the potential to revitalize the field of Western women’s history.
Susan E. Gray is an associate professor of history at Arizona State University. She is the author of The Yankee West: Community Life on the Michigan Frontier, and co-editor of The Identity of the American Midwest: Essays on Regional History. Gayle Gullett is an associate professor of history at Arizona State University. She is the aut...
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Title:Contingent Maps: Rethinking Western Women's History and the North American WestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:September 11, 2014Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816528896

ISBN - 13:9780816528899

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"Will provide historians and geographers new insights into regional identities. Inventively, readers are asked to review these essays with place and region foregrounded to bring out latent content conducive to geographic analysis."—Journal of Historical Geography “These essays are excellent in their own right; Gray and Gullet’s selection of diverse ethnic experiences, and their ability to thread temporal and analytical similarities together deftly, provide important insights into studying women in the American West.”—Southwestern Historical Quarterly