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Theory on Gender. Feminism on Theory

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How do various social theories explain gender inequality? In this collection of original essays, prominent sociologists discuss the strengths and the limitations of the theoretical traditions within which they have worked: Marxism, world system theory, macrostructural theories, rational choice theory, neofunctionalism, psychoanalysis, ethnomethodology, expectation states theory, poststructuralist symbolic interactionism, and network theory.

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Overview

How do various social theories explain gender inequality? In this collection of original essays, prominent sociologists discuss the strengths and the limitations of the theoretical traditions within which they have worked: Marxism, world system theory, macrostructural theories, rational choice theory, neofunctionalism, psychoanalysis, ethnomethodology, expectation states theory, poststructuralist symbolic interactionism, and network theory.

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“A first-rate collection of commissioned essays. Each essay offers an overview of how a specific theoretical perspective (from orthodox Marxism to ethnomethodology) works to explain gender, a self-critique of the theory's limitations from a feminist perspective, and a sketch of the potential for future developments along more feminist lines… [T]he volume as a whole is a model of inclusive feminist dialogue. The collection could serve as a solid introduction to sociological theory, as tested by the application of these theories to a core issue. The volume could also be used as an introduction to the empirical literature on gender, as made relevant by diverse theoretical positions… [S]peak[s] to adherents of different theoretical schools along with the critical dialogue means that most of the terms are defined. The collection has the potential to "mainstream" feminist concerns into sociological theory. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty.” M. M. Ferree, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202304380
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/31/1993
  • Series: Social Institutions and Social Change Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 377
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula England is professor of sociology at New York University where she specializes in the areas of changing family patterns, sexual behavior, gender and labor markets, and interdisciplinary integration. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including Comparable Worth: Theories and Evidence, Social Class and Changing Families in an Unequal America, and Unmarried Couples with Children.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
I Introduction
1 Sociological Theories and the Study of Gender 3
II Theoretical Perspectives on Gender
2 Shotgun Wedding, Unhappy Marriage, No-Fault Divorce? Rethinking the Feminism-Marxism Relationship 25
3 Reconceptualizing World System Theory to Include Women 43
4 Macrostructural Perspectives on Gender Inequality 69
5 Feminism and the Pro-(Rational-) Choice Movement: Rational-Choice Theory, Feminist Critiques, and Gender Inequality 91
6 Functionalism and Feminism: Is Estrangement Necessary? 115
7 Psychoanalytic Theory and the Sociology of Gender 131
8 Power, Inequality and the Accomplishment of Gender: An Ethnomethodological View 151
9 Gender, Status, and the Social Psychology of Expectations 175
10 Sexuality and Gender: An Interactionist/Poststructural Reading 199
11 You Are Who You Know: A Network Approach to Gender 223
III Dialogue and Debate
12 Overcoming Dualisms: A Feminist Agenda for Sociological Methodology 255
13 With Many Voices: Feminism and Theoretical Pluralism 281
Standpoints and Theory: Reply to Tuana 290
Reigning in Diversity: Reply to Tuana 293
Working with the Critic I: Reply to Tuana 294
Psychoanalysis and Pluralism: Reply to Tuana 296
The Omnirelevance of Sex Category: Reply to Tuana 298
14 Toward Integrating Micro and Macro, Structure and Agency, Science and Feminism 301
The Methodological Thorn in the Theoretical Rose: Reply to Molm 312
Some Disintegrating Thoughts on Structure and Agency: Reply to Molm 313
Same-Sex Interaction and the Situational Approach: Reply to Molm 316
Constrained Choices and Connected Selves: Reply to Molm 318
Seeing Past Sacred Science: Reply to Molm 320
15 Micro, Macro, Choice, and Structure 323
Neither Biology nor Social Learning: Reply to Folbre 331
Eliminating Choice: Reply to Folbre 332
The Importance of Altruism and the Interdependence of Utilities: Reply to Folbre 334
Differing with Feminist Difference: Reply to Folbre 337
Throwing Out the Baby with the Bath Water: Reply to Folbre 340
Reframing Theories: Reply to Folbre 342
16 The Subject Woman 343
Ethnomethodology and "Idealist Determinism": Reply to Wilson 357
Working with the Critic II: Reply to Wilson 361
Engendering Class: Reply to Wilson 363
The Importance of the Interaction of Gender, Race, and Class in the Recasting of Sociological Theory: Reply to Wilson 365
Domination versus Function: Reply to Wilson 366
Problems of Theoretical Stance: Reply to Wilson 369
Index 373
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