Gender: A Genealogy of an Idea by J. GermonGender: A Genealogy of an Idea by J. Germon

Gender: A Genealogy of an Idea

byJ. Germon

Hardcover | January 13, 2010

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Gender stands as one of the great conceptual devices of the twentieth century. It has becomes such a part of the English language that it seems indispensable and even ahistorical today. Yet until the 1950s, gender in English marked relations between words rather than people. Gender: A Genealogy of an Idea represents a critical intervention into the concept of gender. It traces gender’s historical specificity from its mid-twentieth century origins in sexology through the present and demonstrates the complex relation that the intersexed have to the concept. In doing so, this text applies a fresh approach to the study of gender as an object of knowledge and embodied experience.


Jennifer Germon is a Research Associate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney.
Title:Gender: A Genealogy of an IdeaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:January 13, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230608272

ISBN - 13:9780230608276

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Table of Contents

A New Conceptual Realm of Sex * Mapping Desire * Seductive Dualisms * Feminism Theorizes the Social * Dangerous Desires * Reconsidering Money

Editorial Reviews

“Germon’s Gender: A Genealogy of an Idea is a truly significant addition to understanding that most fundamental of questions—what is human gender?  Her wide-ranging, lucid, and riveting account of the relatively recent history of the symbolic and physical making of gender constitutes a crucial intervention into how we think and do gender.”—Elspeth Probyn, Research SA Chair and Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of South Australia