The Meanings of Marital Equality
Scott R. Harris develops an interactionist, interpretive approach to studying equality in social life by synthesizing the theoretical perspectives of four founding figures in interactionist, social constructivist thought--Herbert Blumer, Alfred Schutz, Harold Garfinkel, and John Dewey. He focuses on equality in marriage by examining the stories people tell about their equal and unequal marriages, and compares those tales to what researchers have had to say on the subject. Challenging conventional understandings of equality, Harris demonstrates that social scientists in general tend to impose interpretations of inequality onto their respondents' lives, rather than respecting and studying the meanings that people live by.
- Hardback | 209 pages
- 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
- 01 Jan 2006
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
"Harris does an excellent job clarifying the differences between objectivist and constructionist perspectives. The issues he discusses are vital for any social scientific field. In some subfields, such as social problems research, the constructionist perspective is well established. In the family field there has been some discussion but no sustained presentation of how a constructionist perspective would offer an alternative way of understanding family life--Harris's book makes a real contribution here."
About Scott R. Harris
Scott R. Harris is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Saint Louis University.