By Pamela Abbott
This 3rd variation of this best-selling booklet confirms the continued centrality of feminist views and examine to the sociological firm, and introduces scholars to the wide 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 overseas and comparative examples
- the effect of theories of globalization and post-colonial studies.
In addition, the theoretical components have additionally been absolutely rethought in mild of contemporary advancements in social theory. Written by way of 3 skilled academics and examiners, this publication provides scholars of sociology and women's reports an obtainable assessment of the feminist contribution to all of the key parts of sociological concern.
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Additional resources for An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives
Darwin, 1871) This meant that there was no reason for sociology to explain sexual difference; it accepted biology as a pre-social given and therefore had no need to consider gender as an explanatory variable or to theorise the subordination and exploitation of women. Women were consequently ‘hidden’ from the sociological gaze, both theoretically and empirically. Sociology has tended to ignore not just women, but the whole private sphere of domestic relationships; areas of interest to women were not theorised and researched in any sustained way until relatively recently.
Following Simone de Beauvoir (1988 ), French feminists in particular have argued that, in this sense, women constitute the ‘Other’ against which culture, society, rationality, and so on are constructed. Thus women are seen as gendered but men are not (hence, sociology books, conferences and courses that focus on gender are often seen as being primarily for women, and not of interest or direct relevance to men). Men tend to be regarded as being part of universal rationality – those who analyse and understand the world from a (social) scientific perspective – and women are the ones who need explaining or ‘bringing in’.
We hope you will enjoy reading the book and will learn from it. We have learned much from writing it and have enjoyed the process. Feminism and sociology are not academic subjects that are just to be learned, but ways of coming to understand the society in which we live and our position in it. We hope that this book will stimulate you to look at the world afresh and come to new insights. Acknowledgements We would like to acknowledge the help that various people including Roger Sapsford, Philip Hancock, Becky Probert, Laurie Cohen and Amal El-Sawad have given us in writing the book and in giving us the opportunity to discuss much of the material presented here.
An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives by Pamela Abbott