Feminist Perspectives on Sociology

Feminist Perspectives on Sociology

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The Feminist Perspectives Series seeks to provide concise, accessible and engaging introductions to key feminist topics and debates. The texts in the series are designed to be used on a wide range of courses touching feminist issues and are written by experienced teachers who are also well known in their respective fields. Each book in the series includes the most up-to-date statistics, research data, key sources and suggestions for further reading.Feminist Perspectives on Sociology examines how sociology has been transformed under the influence of feminism in recent years. This transformation consists both of a critique of established areas and the opening up of new ones. Areas and issues covered include approaches to knowledge and research, patriarchal relations, work in and outside the home, body politics, sport and fitness, migration, violence, the state, and globalisation. The book also reviews a range of `post' perspectives and arguments including postmodernism, postcolonialism and postfeminism. Feminism is also a transformative social movement. Its political impact, from local to transnational levels, has to be taken into account in assessing developments in sociology, providing it with a connection between research and action.Key featuresProvides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to feminist perspectives in sociology Discusses and assesses sociological and feminist theories in relation to case studies Covers a wide range of current issues that will interest readers from many disciplinary backgrounds Includes end of chapter summaries, suggestions for further reading and a glossary of key termsBarbara Littlewood is Lecturer in Sociology, University of Glasgow.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 139 x 217 x 24mm | 339g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Prentice-Hall
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0130404616
  • 9780130404619

Table of contents

(Each chapter ends with Summary and Further Reading).1. FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES IN SOCIOLOGY Chapter outlineMany sociologies, many feminismsFeminism in sociology: influencesFeminism and sociology: developments and directions2. THE EPISTEMOLOGY CHALLENGEChapter outlineIntroductionThe theoretical background: functionalism and conflict theoryConflict theory, knowledge and ideologyFeminist critiques of sociological knowledgeFeminist empiricismFeminist standpointAcademics and activists: the politics of researchUseful knowledge3. DIVISIONS OF LABOURChapter outlineFeminist sociology in the 1970s`Production' and `reproduction' in sociologyThe social and domestic division of labour: the historical backgroundWomen and employment: contemporary issuesFeatures of women's employmentFactors contributing to women's employment patternsTheories of women's workThe feminisation of the labour forceMoving beyond the `West': gender and colonialismThe gendering of the global economyWork and non-workThe demise of the male breadwinnerThe `family-friendly' public sector?4. PATRIARCHY: PUBLIC AND PRIVATEChapter outline`Patriarchy': radical and Marxist feministPatriarchy as ideological or materialWhere is patriarchy?Patriarchy's relation to racial dominationIs patriarchy a system?The state and patriarchyViolence and the state5. BODY POLITICSChapter outlineThe background to feminist interest in body politicsResisting naturalisationEarly campaignsSexed bodies and historyWomen's experiences of their bodies: medicineBodies and physical activities: sport, dance and fitnessGetting `the look'Racialised bodiesWhite, male bodies and deviance from the normThe dominated and the subversive bodyChallenging domination6. LIVING IN A POST WORLD?Chapter outlineGendering modernityGendering modernist movementsPostmodernityCritique or condition?Sociology and postmodernism. . . and feminismPostmodernism, feminism and cultural studiesPostfeminismAcademic postfeminismPostmodernism and feminismConclusion: last posts?7. POSTCOLONIALISM AND FEMINISM Chapter outlineInternational and sexual divisions of labour: colonialismGender relations in the colonial worldInternational and sexual divisions of labour: postcolonial conditionsPostcolonialism as critiquePostcolonialism and feminism8. GLOBALISING FEMINISMSChapter outline`Globalisation' in social sciencesGlobalisation and postcolonialism: condition and critiqueGlobalisation and feminist development studies`The globalised woman'Globalising politicsFeminist politics and globalisationGlobal feminismsGlossaryBibliographyIndexshow more