Excerpts from the book's preface:
We are very pleased to present Professions and Social Identities - Towards New Histories of Work, Gender and Society to the academic and research community as well as to the general reader. It is one of seven volumes in the first publication cycle of our pan-European Network of Excellence, CLIOHRES.net. With this book, the Network's Thematic Work Group 4, on "Work, Gender and Society", lays the foundation for its ambitious five year work-plan. As its name shows, the workgroup does not adhere to the common practice of studying social, economic and gender history as discrete strands of the human past. In our academic world, each of these 'strands' with its own specialists, chairs, programmes, bibliographies and journals - has become a separate field of inquiry, very often even studied and taught in different university faculties by researchers and lecturers whose concerns and methodological reference points have little in common. And yet, it is evident - and even banal - that economic production, social organisation and the lives of human beings of all genders are inextricably connected.
The aim of the CLIOHRES thematic work group on "Work, Gender, and Society" is to put back together what academic and heuristic traditions have taken apart, using each of the three components as a key to interpreting the others. This goal is part of the overall CLIOHRES.net agenda of rethinking current research practices and strategies in European history, placing them in a broad analytical and comparative context, and using this juxtaposition to achieve a new level of critical understanding, necessary for an informed citizenship.
About the network CLIOHRES.net:
A five year project, it aims at achieving and disseminating greater understanding of both the actual histories and the self-representations of the past current in Europe today, highlighting both diversities and connections and explaining the context of their development. It brings together historians, geographers, art historians, linguists, theologists, philologists, sociologists and philosophers in order to explore how differences, connections, conflicts and positive interaction have developed in the past and can develop in the future. It involves 180 research staff and doctoral students from 31 countries.