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The Ann Oakley Reader: Gender, Women and Social Science

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This book brings together edited extracts from classic texts by the internationally renowned feminist sociologist, Ann Oakley.Many of Oakley's early works are out of print and this collection makes them available again. There are extracts from pioneering studies such as Sex, Gender and Society, The Sociology of Housework, From Here to Maternity and Women Confined, presented alongside some of Ann Oakley's more recent reflections on methodology, scientific method and research practice.The book illustrates how ...

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Overview

This book brings together edited extracts from classic texts by the internationally renowned feminist sociologist, Ann Oakley.Many of Oakley's early works are out of print and this collection makes them available again. There are extracts from pioneering studies such as Sex, Gender and Society, The Sociology of Housework, From Here to Maternity and Women Confined, presented alongside some of Ann Oakley's more recent reflections on methodology, scientific method and research practice.The book illustrates how Oakley's thinking has evolved over a period in which much in the field of gender and women's studies has changed. Each section of the book is prefaced by Oakley's reflections on how her original studies relate to more recent research and theoretical perspectives. There are many points of intersection with modern debates about how (and whether) to 'do' gender and what terms such as 'women' and 'men' really mean.The result is a valuable commentary on thirty years' work on women, gender and social science methodology which will be of interest to many, especially undergraduate and A-level students, as well as all those grappling with current issues about the past and future of work in the contested areas of gender, women's studies and feminist social science.

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Editorial Reviews

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Ann Oakley's writing was the 'coming to consciousness' for many women in theseventies - the first analysis of the circumstances in which they found themselves. Oakley has edited her earlier accounts ... what is surprising and depressing is how relevant her analysis of the basic mechanisms of women's oppression still is. In the updated version even more information and debate has been compressed and organised into cool and cogent discussion. Professor Germaine Greer

... a very effective synopsis of her work. ... Oakley's Reader is a highly valuable commentary on her work on women, gender and social science methodology. Social Policy

Ann Oakley is one of Britain's most important feminist sociologists. She has transformed the way that we think about gender, housework, motherhood and methods. This excellent collection provides easy access to her classic works and combines this with an illuminating contemporary commentary. Sylvia Walby, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

Oakley articulately demonstrates the importance of her work to contemporary debates, from those about the validity of the study of gender and what terms such as 'women' and 'men' actually mean, to the nature and future of work. ... it provides welcome brain food combined with the warm glow of nostalgia. I loved it. SRA News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861346919
  • Publisher: Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
  • Publication date: 6/29/2005
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Oakley, Director, Social Science Research Unit, University of London Institute of Education

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. 1 Sex and gender 1
1 The difference between sex and gender 7
2 Genes and gender 13
3 A kind of person 21
4 Childhood lessons 31
5 Science, gender and women's liberation 41
Pt. 2 Housework and family life 53
1 On studying housework 59
2 Images of housework 63
3 Work conditions 75
4 Standards and routines 87
5 Marriage and the division of labour 93
6 Helping with baby 103
7 Housework in history and culture 109
Pt. 3 Childbirth, motherhood and medicine 117
1 The agony and the ecstasy 123
2 Lessons mothers learn 139
3 Medical maternity cases 151
4 Mistakes and mystiques of motherhood 179
Pt. 4 Doing social science 183
1 The invisible woman : sexism in sociology 189
2 Reflections thirty years on 207
3 On being interviewed 211
4 Interviewing women : a contradiction in terms? 217
5 Who's afraid of the randomised controlled trial? : some dilemmas of the scientific method and 'good' research practice 233
6 Paradigm wars : some thoughts on a personal and public trajectory 245
Bibliography of work by Ann Oakley 281
Ann Oakley : further reading 285
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