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Feminist Foundations: Toward Transforming Sociologyby Kristen A. Myers
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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.
Book News Annotation:
A collection of key essays of feminist scholarship written between the 1970s and 1990s, providing an overview of sociological feminist thought for undergraduate and graduate students in required sociology theory courses. Articles chronicle the development of feminist theories and research about gender, work, family, sexuality, and other areas, from individual, interactional, and institutional perspectives. Selections are organized in sections on confronting androcentrism in sociology, exposing the gender gap, theorizing gender, structured inequality, and lesbian and ethnic issues. Each section contains reflections on the articles by major feminist scholars, providing the social and historical context in which feminist scholarship has taken place. For feminist scholars and gender sociologists.
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There can be no doubt that feminism has wrought enormous changes on the social sciences in general and sociology in particular. The contributors to this volume were asked to write about key pieces of feminist scholarship that had particularly influenced their sociological thinking. In addition, the editors invited major feminist scholars to comment and reflect upon the articles in each section. Rather than organizing the book by substantive subject areas, the editors' vision sees sociology as an integrated discipline where feminist contributions have influenced the shape of the whole by similarly influencing the distinct parts.
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