By Pamela Abbott
This 3rd variation of this best-selling booklet confirms the continuing centrality of feminist views and examine to the sociological firm, and introduces scholars to the big variety of feminist contributions in key components of sociological concern. thoroughly revised, this version includes:
- new chapters on sexuality and the media
- additional fabric on race and ethnicity, incapacity and the body
- many new foreign and comparative examples
- the impression of theories of globalization and post-colonial studies.
In addition, the theoretical parts have additionally been absolutely rethought in mild of modern advancements in social theory. Written by means of 3 skilled academics and examiners, this e-book offers scholars of sociology and women's reports an available review of the feminist contribution to all of the key parts of sociological concern.
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Extra resources for An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives
The feminist critique of malestream sociology Feminists from a range of theoretical perspectives have made a number of criticisms of malestream sociology. These are based primarily on the view that: sociology has been mainly concerned with research on men, and by implication with theories and concepts that apply primarily to men’s lives; research findings based on all-male samples are generalised to the whole of the population; areas and issues of concern to women are frequently overlooked or seen as unimportant; when women are included in research they are often presented in a distorted and stereotypical way; when sex and gender are included in research they have tended to be just ‘added on’, ignoring the extent to which the explanatory theories used are ones which have justified the subordination and exploitation of women.
By ‘ideological’ we mean a pattern of ideas (knowledge that is regarded as ‘common sense’) – both factual and evaluative – which purports to explain and legitimate the social structure and culture of a social group or society and which serves to justify social actions which are in accordance with that pattern of ideas. Ideology also shapes our everyday feelings, thoughts and actions. However, the knowledge provided by an ideology is partial or selective and sometimes provides contradictory descriptions and explanations of the social world.
In contrast, Dianne Richardson and Victoria Robinson (1994) suggest that the development of Men’s Studies may actually enable men to avoid taking seriously the key issues about masculinity that feminists have highlighted. They point out that Men’s Studies is concerned mainly with masculine subjectivity rather than with research that would provide a greater understanding of how men gain, maintain and use power to subordinate women. Indeed, Men’s Studies is often conceived largely as a concern with liberating men (Seidler, 1994).