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Gender and Justice: Violence, Intimacy, and Community in Fin-de-Siècle Paris (The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science) Hardcover – February 18, 2010
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"Careful and beautifully written study."(Robert A. Nye The Journal of Law and History Review)
"Eliza Ferguson's meticulous reading of 264 dossiers of the Assize Courts in the Archives of Paris has yielded a fascinating and engagingly written pointillist picture of the intimate lives of the Parisian popular classes. Gender and Justice reveals significant details of love, sex, betrayal, failed expectations, dishonor, violence and retributive justice that comprised working people's daily lives. Ferguson places her keen insights into their intimate lives within the broader context of gender relations, the family economy, and the community culture of late nineteenth-century Paris."(Rachel G. Fuchs, author of Contested Paternity: Constructing Families in Modern France)
" Gender and Justice is original not just in its analysis of crimes of passion, but in the way it uses the assize court records to glean and synthesize extensive information about daily life."(Elinor Accampo, author of Blessed Motherhood, Bitter Fruit: Nelly Roussel and the Politics of Female Pain in Third Republic France)
"Drawing on more than 250 cases of Parisian domestic violence, Eliza Ferguson takes a revealing new look at the fin-de-siècle crime passionelle. By carefully analyzing the testimonies of witnesses in these cases, Ferguson provides us with a fascinating, vivid window on working-class community and gender relations."(Mary Louise Roberts, University of Wisconsin, Madison)
"[An] innovative study. This book is indispensable to scholars working in legal and social history, gender studies, and the history of modern France."(Holly Grout)
"An eloquent account of the everyday lives of the Parisian popular classes, the vibrancy of their neighborhoods, and how violence permeated their domestic arrangements... Ferguson's book is ambitious, thoughtful, and smart."(Elisa Camiscioli H-France)
About the Author
Eliza Earle Ferguson is an assistant professor of history at the University of New Mexico.
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Ordinarily I am a little suspicious of the glowing endorsements one reads on the dust jackets of books, but in this case one can safely believe the hype. Gender and Justice is indeed a most impressive work that breaks new ground both in methodology and interpretation. By combining the more "discourse" oriented scholarship on gender with a social historian's eye for detail, Ferguson has produced a landmark book on the "crime of passion" as well as key work in the history of French domestic violence generally. Her book is also compulsively readable, engaging the reader's attention from the outset and making it quite suitable for classroom use were it to appear in paperback. Highly recommended.