By Pamela Abbott
This 3rd version of this best-selling publication confirms the continued centrality of feminist views and examine to the sociological firm, and introduces scholars to the wide variety of feminist contributions in key components of sociological concern. thoroughly revised, this version includes:
- new chapters on sexuality and the media
- additional fabric on race and ethnicity, incapacity and the body
- many new overseas and comparative examples
- the impact of theories of globalization and post-colonial studies.
In addition, the theoretical parts have additionally been totally rethought in mild of contemporary advancements in social theory. Written by way of 3 skilled lecturers and examiners, this ebook offers scholars of sociology and women's experiences an obtainable evaluate of the feminist contribution to all of the key parts of sociological concern.
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Extra info for An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives
There is also a tendency for feminist thought to be seen as an addendum deserving one or two lectures, or something that can safely be left to women to teach as an optional course, rather than as a core element of the sociology curriculum. The relative success of textbooks such as this indicates that there is a demand for an alternative approach, however; one that places feminist contributions to sociology at the heart of the discipline. It is now the case that in most Western countries few courses in sociology could be designed without at least some recognition of feminist perspectives, while journal articles and research designs are routinely required by their reviewers to problematise sexual difference, or to incorporate a perspective that at least takes account of the differences between men and women.
It is now the case that in most Western countries few courses in sociology could be designed without at least some recognition of feminist perspectives, while journal articles and research designs are routinely required by their reviewers to problematise sexual difference, or to incorporate a perspective that at least takes account of the differences between men and women. Indeed, in these contexts, feminist perspectives are more developed and more influential in sociology than in most other social science disciplines.
Thus many of the criticisms we have made above apply as much, if not more, to questions of ethnicity, social class, disability and sexuality. Sociology is a discipline that has been and continues to be dominated by able-bodied, white males who are middle class by destination if not necessarily by origin. Women have come into the discipline and challenged the relatively blinkered view of malestream sociology, but they too have tended to be white, Western and largely middle class. Hence, many white feminist sociologists have been criticised for their ethnocentric view of gender relations, and for their failure to take adequate account of diversity amongst men and women in relation to social class, age, sexuality, disability and global power dynamics.