The Meanings of Marital Equality / Edition 1

The Meanings of Marital Equality / Edition 1

by Scott R. Harris
     
 

Scott R. Harris develops an interactionist, interpretive approach to studying equality in social life by synthesizing the theoretical perspectives of four founding figures in interactionist, social constructivist thought—Herbert Blumer, Alfred Schutz, Harold Garfinkel, and John Dewey. He focuses on equality in marriage by examining the stories people tell about… See more details below

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Scott R. Harris develops an interactionist, interpretive approach to studying equality in social life by synthesizing the theoretical perspectives of four founding figures in interactionist, social constructivist thought—Herbert Blumer, Alfred Schutz, Harold Garfinkel, and John Dewey. He focuses on equality in marriage by examining the stories people tell about their equal and unequal marriages, and compares those tales to what researchers have had to say on the subject. Challenging conventional understandings of equality, Harris demonstrates that social scientists in general tend to impose interpretations of inequality onto their respondents’ lives, rather than respecting and studying the meanings that people live by.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791466223
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
12/01/2005
Series:
SUNY Series in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface

1. Equality as a Social Construction

Traditional and Interactionist Approaches to Studying Equality
Symbolic Interactionism and Equality
Phenomenology and Equality
Ethnomethodology and Equality
Dewey on Morality, Equality, and Social Reform
Conclusion

2. Quantitative Research on Marital Equality: Inter-Researcher Discontinuity and Researcher-Subject Divergence

Four Traditions of Quantitative Research
Critiquing the Literature: Discontinuity and Divergence
Conclusion

3. Qualitative Research on Marital Equality: Naturalist and Constructionist Approaches

Naturalism, Social Constructionism, and Narrative Analysis
Naturalist Studies of Marital Equality
Constructionism and Marital Equality
Conclusion

4. Narrating Marital Equality: Familiar Domains of Relevance

Acquiring Data
The Domain of Power
The Domain of the Division of Labor
The Domain of Love

5. Narrating Marital Equality: Unfamiliar Domains of Relevance

Conclusion

6. The Implications of Constructionism

Summarizing Collins, Chang, and Schwalbe et al.
Comparison and Critique
Conclusion

Notes
References
Index

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