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Feminist Foundations
Toward Transforming Sociology

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Volume: 3

March 1998 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

There can be no doubt that feminism, and its influence on the academy, has wrought enormous changes on the social sciences in general and sociology in particular. This edited volume is an outgrowth of a discussion that began on the Sociologists for Women in Society Listserve, in which participants were asked to talk about key pieces in feminist scholarship that had particularly influenced their sociological thinking. Editors Kristen A. Myers, Cynthia D. Anderson, and Barbara J. Risman have chosen articles that fall into what they consider the intellectual genres that compose feminist sociology. This collection differs from others because the editors avoid organizing material by substantive specialty areas (i.e., family, race and ethnicity, criminology, or methods). Their vision instead sees sociology as an integrated discipline, where feminist contributions have systematically influenced the shape of the whole by similarly influencing the distinct parts. In addition to simply compiling a comprehensive list of important articles from the last two decades, the editors have invited major feminist scholars to comment and reflect on the articles in each section of the book. These reflections help provide the historical and social context in which feminist scholarship has taken place.

This book will be of obvious appeal to feminist scholars and gender sociologists. Yet, as feminist thought rightfully takes its place away from the margins and toward the center of the discipline, this book stands as a rich and useful resource for any contemporary theory course.

 
Introduction
Bridging the Gaps in Feminist Sociology  
 
PART ONE: THE FOURTH REVOLUTION: CONFRONTING ANDROCENTRISM IN SOCIOLOGY
Jessie Bernard
My Four Revolutions
An Autobiographical History of the ASA  
Joan Acker
Women and Social Stratification
A Case for Intellectual Sexism  
Alice Rossi
Equality between the Sexes
An Immodest Proposal  
 
Reflections
Christine E Bose
Jobs and the Gender Gap
Bringing Women into the Workplace  
Doris Y Wilkinson
The Fourth Revolution
Reflections on Three Pioneers in the Transformation of American Sociology  
 
PART TWO: EXPOSING THE GENDER GAP: SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL
Joan Huber
Trends in Gender Stratification, 1970-1985
Rose Laub Coser
Stay Home Little Sheba
On Placement, Displacement and Social Change  
Janet Lever
Sex Differences in the Games Children Play
Rachel A Rosenfeld
Race and Sex Differences in Career Dynamics
 
Reflections
Toni M Calasanti
Using the `Master's Tools' and Beyond
Reconstructing Difference  
Janet Saltzman Chafetz
From Sex/Gender Roles to Gender Stratification
From Victim Blame to System Blame  
 
PART THREE: THEORIZING WHAT GENDER MEANS
Cynthia Fuchs Epstein
Ideal Images and Real Roles
Candace West and Don H Zimmerman
Doing Gender
Barbara J Risman
Intimate Relationships from a Microstructural Perspective
Men Who Mother  
R W Connell
A Very Straight Gay
Masculinity, Homosexual Experience and the Dynamics of Gender  
Judith Stacey and Barrie Thorne
The Missing Feminist Revolution in Sociology
 
Reflections
Douglas Mason-Schrock
Challenging the Self with Feminist Scholarship
Esther Ngan-ling Chow
Discourses on Women, Sex and Gender
 
PART FOUR: GENDER IN THE MACHINE: STRUCTURED INEQUALITY
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
The Impact of Hierarchical Structures on the Work Behavior of Women and Men
Barbara F Reskin
Bringing the Men Back in
Sex Differentiation and the Devaluation of Women's Work  
Joan Acker
Hierarchies, Jobs, Bodies
A Theory of Gendered Organizations  
 
Reflections
Irene Padavic
Personal Reflection on Three Gender and Work Articles
Patricia Yancey Martin
Gender and Organizations
 
PART FIVE: PANNING TO THE MARGINS
Verta Taylor and Leila J Rupp
Women's Culture and Lesbian Feminist Activism
A Reconsideration of Cultural Feminism  
Maxine Baca Zinn
Mexican-American Women in the Social Sciences
Bonnie Thorton Dill
The Dialectics of Black Womanhood
Patricia Hill Collins
The Social Construction of Black Feminist Thought
 
Reflections
Jacqueline Johnson
Finding Myself among the Long-Haired Women
Reflections on Gender, Race, Sexuality and Feminist Identity  
Nancy Whittier
Reflections on Transformations in Feminist Sociology - and in Myself
 
Conclusion: The Philosophy of Feminist Knowledge
Contemplating the Future of Feminist Thought  

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