STRUCTURES AND MEANINGS IN A GENDERED FAMILY HISTORY

(A Review from A Companion to Gender)

The emergence of family history coincided with woman’s history in the early 1970s. However, this becomes controversial when family is related to gender, sexual relations, and children. In this kind of history, woman should be involved because family related to her.

Many traditional historians claimed that both woman’s and family history is the same. This statement is rejected by the writers that family historians focus on class, location, and race of family. Conversely, woman historian will analyze about the activities of women, including as workers, social activist, and leaders.

For the first time, gendered family research was conducted using quantitative data, including average of marriage, the number and frequency of children, divorce, inheritance, etc. Consequently, it differentiated between man and woman clearly. Although quantitative data can compare the picture of family development overtime and cultures.

The scarcity of sources for family history can be solved by gathering information through interview, archeological remains, and linguistic analysis of words. However, those sources tend to explain about male position regarding to who writes the sources. Another alternative is private written sources, such as diaries, account books, and letters.

 

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