Title Practiced Citizenship
Subtitle Women, Gender, and the State in Modern France
Author Nimisha Borton, Richard S. Hopkins
ISBN 9781496206664
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 330
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Nebraska Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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Practiced Citizenship takes the issue of women’s citizenship, most often discussed theoretically by political scientists, and gives it concrete substance based on the activism and activities of women across almost two centuries of French history. The ramifications and the lessons to be learned go beyond the borders of France to help inform our understanding of women’s citizenship more generally. Rich in new archival research and work with primary sources, this volume shows the civic, political, and social activism and activities of women from all social classes. Quite a feat.”

—Bonnie Smith, Board of Governors Distinguished Emerita Professor of History at Rutgers University


Over fifty years ago sociologist T. H. Marshall first opened the modern debate about the evolution of full citizenship in modern nation-states, arguing that it proceeded in three stages: from civil rights, to political rights, and finally to social rights. The shortcomings of this model were clear to feminist scholars. As political theorist Carol Pateman argued, the modern social contract undergirding nation-states was from the start premised on an implicit “sexual contract.” According to Pateman, the birth of modern democracy necessarily resulted in the political erasure of women.

Since the 1990s feminist historians have realized that Marshall’s typology failed to describe adequately developments that affected women in France. An examination of the role of women and gender in welfare-state development suggested that social rights rooted in republican notions of womanhood came early and fast for women in France even while political and economic rights would continue to lag behind. While their considerable access to social citizenship privileges shaped their prospects, the absence of women’s formal rights still dominates the conversation. Practiced Citizenship offers a significant rereading of that narrative.

Through an analysis of how citizenship was lived, practiced, and deployed by women in France in the modern period, Practiced Citizenship demonstrates how gender normativity and the resulting constraints placed on women nevertheless created opportunities for a renegotiation of the social and sexual contract.


List of Illustrations

Foreword by Johnson Kent Wright

Introduction (Nimisha Barton and Richard S. Hopkins)

Chapter 1. “Patriotic Discipline”: Cloistered Behinds, Public Judgment, and Female Violence in Revolutionary Paris (Katie Jarvis )

Chapter 2. Restoring the Royal Family: Marie-Thérèse and the Family  Politics of the Early Restoration (Victoria E. Thompson)

Chapter 3. Gender, Immigration, and the Everyday Practice of Social  Citizenship (Nimisha Barton)

Chapter 4. Hospital Policies, Family Agency, and Mothers at l’Hôpital Sainte-Eugénie, 1855-1875 (Stephanie McBride-Schreiner)

Chapter 5. Illustrations as Good as Any Slides: Women’s Activist Social Novels and the French Search for Social Reform, 1880-1914 (Jean Elisabeth Pedersen)

Chapter 6. French Girls Are the Most Desired: Organizing against the White Slave Trade in the Belle Epoque (Eliza Earle Ferguson)

Chapter 7. Vérine, the Ecole des Parents, and the Politics of Gender,  Reaction, and the Family, 1929-1944 (Cheryl A. Koos)

Chapter 8. Politics, Money, and Distrust: French-American Alliances in the International Campaign for Women’s Equal Rights, 1925-1930 (Sara L Kimble)

Afterword (Elinor A. Accampo)



About the Editors:

Nimisha Barton is the associate director of the Freshman Scholars Institute and Programs for Access and Inclusion at Princeton University.

Richard S. Hopkins is an assistant professor of history at Widener University. He is the author of Planning the Greenspaces of Nineteenth-Century Paris.

Target Audience:

People interested in history, political science and women studies.

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