Feminism and Sociological Theory
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Feminism and Sociological Theory



© 1989 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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Prior to the late 1960's, sociological theory was surrounded by an overwhelming preponderance of men--in terms of published writings, university professors, graduate students, professional organizations, and in research centers. The contemporary women's movement of the late 1960's challenged this trend by asking questions such as: Why shouldn't there be more women professors, graduate students, researchers, and theorists? Since this time, professional organizations have seen a dramatic increase in women memberships, but the number of women in leadership roles has been disappointing. It is not surprising that feminist concerns have suffered from this kind of benign neglect. This volume is an attempt to reverse the trend and to make feminist concerns a top priority in sociological theory. The aims of this volume are: to bring theoretical efforts of feminist scholarship into the mainstream, to illuminate the directions of theoretical work currently in progress, and to encourage more thinking and writing about feminist implications in sociological theory. Contributing to this volume are some of the leading figures in feminist research--Jessie Bernard, Rose L. Coser, and Joan Acker. It should be of interest to feminist scholars, as well as students and professionals in the areas of sociology, political science, social theory, and gender studies. "Smith, Acker, and others are leading figures within the feminine discourse."
Ruth A Wallace
Introduction
PART ONE: ENLARGING THE HORIZONS OF SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
Jessie Bernard
The Dissemination of Feminist Thought
1960-1988  
Dorothy E Smith
Sociological Theory
Methods of Writing Patriarchy  
Joan Acker
Making Gender Visible
Edith Kurzweil
Psychoanalytic Feminism
Implications for Sociological Theory  
PART TWO: CRITIQUE AND RE-EVALUATION OF EXISTING THEORIES
Miriam M Johnson
Feminism and the Theories of Talcott Parsons
Thomas Meisenhelder
Habermas and Feminism
The Future of Critical Theory  
PART THREE: EMERGING FEMINIST THEORIES
Janet Saltzman Chafetz
Gender Equality
Toward a Theory of Change  
Rae Lesser Blumberg
Toward a Feminist Theory of Development
Rose Laub Coser
Reflections on Feminist Theory

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