Feminist Foundations: Toward Transforming Sociology / Edition 1

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There can be no doubt that feminism has wrought enormous changes on the social sciences in general and sociology in particular. The contributors to this volume were asked to write about key pieces of feminist scholarship that had particularly influenced their sociological thinking. In addition, the editors invited major feminist scholars to comment and reflect upon the articles in each section. Rather than organizing the book by substantive subject areas, the editors' vision sees sociology as an integrated discipline where feminist contributions have influenced the shape of the whole by similarly influencing the distinct parts.

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Editorial Reviews

A collection of key essays of feminist scholarship written between the 1970s and 1990s, providing an overview of sociological feminist thought for undergraduate and graduate students in required sociology theory courses. Articles chronicle the development of feminist theories and research about gender, work, family, sexuality, and other areas, from individual, interactional, and institutional perspectives. Selections are organized in sections on confronting androcentrism in sociology, exposing the gender gap, theorizing gender, structured inequality, and lesbian and ethnic issues. Each section contains reflections on the articles by major feminist scholars, providing the social and historical context in which feminist scholarship has taken place. For feminist scholars and gender sociologists. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761907862
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/10/1998
  • Series: A Gender & Society Reader Series, #3
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Bridging the Gaps in Feminist Sociology
1 My Four Revolutions: An Autobiographical History of the ASA 3
2 Women and Social Stratification: A Case of Intellectual Sexism 21
3 Equality Between the Sexes: An Immodest Proposal 31
Reflection: Jobs and the Gender Gap: Bringing Women Into the Workplace 70
Reflection: The Fourth Revolution: Reflection on Three Pioneers in the Transformation of American Sociology 76
4 Trends in Gender Stratification, 1970-1985 83
5 Sex Differences in the Games Children Play 102
6 Race and Sex Differences in Career Dynamics 113
Reflection: Using the "Master's Tools" and Beyond: Reconstructing Difference 152
Reflection: From Sex/Gender Roles to Gender Stratification: From Victim Blame to System Blame 159
7 Doing Gender 167
8 A Very Straight Gay: Masculinity, Homosexual Experience, and the Dynamics of Gender 191
9 The Missing Feminist Revolution in Sociology 219
Reflection: Challenging the Self With Feminist Scholarship 240
Reflection: Discourses on Women, Sex, and Gender 247
10 The Impact of Hierarchical Structures on the Work Behavior of Women and Men 259
11 Bringing the Men Back In: Sex Differentiation and the Devaluation of Women's Work 278
12 Hierarchies, Jobs, Bodies: A Theory of Gendered Organizations 299
Reflection: Personal Reflection on Three Gender and Work Articles 319
Reflection: Gender and Organizations 322
13 Women's Culture and Lesbian Feminist Activism: A Reconsideration of Cultural Feminism 329
14 Mexican-American Women in the Social Sciences 357
15 The Social Construction of Black Feminist Thought 371
Reflection: Finding Myself Among the Long-Haired Women: Reflections of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Feminist Identity 397
Reflection: Reflections on Transformations in Feminist Sociology - and in Myself 403
Conclusion: The Philosophy of Feminist Knowledge: Contemplating the Future of Feminist Thought 408
Reflection References 412
Index 416
About the Editors 434
About the Reflectors 436
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