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Sex and Secularism

Joan Wallach Scott


The author's acclaimed writings have been foundational for the field of gender history. In this book, the author challenges one of the central claims of the “clash of civilizations” polemic—that secularism guarantees gender equality. The book shows that the gender equality invoked today as an enduring principle was not originally associated with the term “secularism” when it first entered the nineteenth-century lexicon. In fact, the inequality of the sexes was fundamental to the separation of church and state that inaugurated Western modernity. The book reveals how the assertion that secularis ... More

Keywords: gender inequality, gender history, secularism, Western modernity, gender difference, gender equality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691197227
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691197227.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan Wallach Scott, author
Institute for Advanced Study