For undergraduate- or graduate-level courses in American History, American Social History, American Women's History, American Gender History, The Sociology of Gender, Gender and Communication, Gender and Psychology, and Gender and Anthropology. A History of Gender in America is the first textbook of its kind. It summarizes the writings of gender historians and introduces students to the most recent literature on the history of gender in the United States. This text provides them with a sense of how gender has been constructed in America and how those constructions have changed over time.
Bacchi (1999) reminds us that we always need to tease out and comment on the presuppositions and assumptions embedded in competing interpretations of an issue. She argues that any description of a problem is simultaneously an interpretation that involves judgment and choices. Regarding American social work, it is interesting to note how scholars have represented and interpreted its developmental process differently. While Abbott (1988) provides his ‘genderless’ analysis, sociologists Dresselt (1992) and Deegan (1990) interpret the process of professionalization of social work from a gendered perspective. Through their feminist gaze they observe how gender is structurally embedded in professional work from the very outset. All three agree that social work was constituted as a field of education in the second half of the 19 th century in the US and in most European countries, but they depict these processes in different ways.