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Knowledge,Experience,and Ruling: Studies in the Social Organization of Knowledge

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Dorothy Smith is considered one of the most original sociologists and theorists of our time, and her writings have attracted much attention in Europe and the US as well as in Canada. This collection of original essays, written by scholars who worked or studied with Smith, exemplifies Smith's approach to social analysis.

Each author takes an empirical approach. Some analyse texts (the maps and documents of land-use planning, photographs, an influential history of British India, ...

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Overview

Dorothy Smith is considered one of the most original sociologists and theorists of our time, and her writings have attracted much attention in Europe and the US as well as in Canada. This collection of original essays, written by scholars who worked or studied with Smith, exemplifies Smith's approach to social analysis.

Each author takes an empirical approach. Some analyse texts (the maps and documents of land-use planning, photographs, an influential history of British India, reports of a task force on battered women); some draw on interviews (with clerical workers, with Japanese corporate wives), while others (an AIDS activist, a teacher of adult literacy, a social worker) reflect on personal experiences. In each case we are introduced to specific themes in Smith's approach. The essays put Smith's method to work in diverse ways and in the process offer intriguing insights into their topics.

This tribute to Smith's empowering contribution as a thinker and teacher reveals how empirical studies can illuminate concepts usually presented in the abstract. As the first compilation of applications of Smith's methodology, this is a landmark work in the developing field of the social organization of knowledge.

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A collection of essays by students and colleagues of social theorist Dorothy Smith, putting her methodology to work in diverse ways and revealing how empirical studies can illuminate concepts usually presented in the abstract. Essays draw on texts such as land use documents, photographs, and reports, and incorporate interviews and personal experiences. Subjects include managing the AIDS epidemic, historiography, the battered women's movement, the textual practices of sexual rule, corporate wives, and compulsory heterosexuality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802076663
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie L. Campbell is a professor emeritus in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria.

Ann Manicom is an associate professor in the School of Education, Dalhousie University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Contributors
Introduction 3
Accessing Treatments: Managing the AIDS Epidemic in Ontario 18
Multiculturalism as Ideology: A Textual Analysis 35
Beyond the Ruling Category to What Actually Happens: Notes on James Mill's Historiography in The History of British India 49
Violence and the Relations of Ruling: Lessons from the Battered Women's Movement 65
The Textual Practices of Sexual Rule: Sexual Policing and Gay Men 80
Beginning in the Standpoint of Women: An Investigation of the Gap between Cholas and "Women of Peru" 96
Mothering, Schooling, and Children's Development 108
Corporate Wives: Gendered Education of Their Children 122
What's Health Got to Do with It? Class, Gender, and Teachers' Work 135
Compulsory Heterosexuality: Schools and Lesbian Students 149
'These Things Just Happen': Talk, Text, and Curriculum Reform 164
Activating the Photographic Text 181
Downgrading Clerical Work in a Textually Mediated Labour Process 193
The Power of Being Professional 209
Teaching Accountability: What Counts as Nursing Education? 221
Rendering the Site Developable: Texts and Local Government Decision Making in Land Use Planning 234
Literacy, Experience, Power 249
Bibliography 263
Index 283
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