Claiming Reality: Phenomenology and Women's Experience

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1988 - Philosophy - 188 pages
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An important, yet little explored, area of feminist research is women's subjective experience of everyday life. Claiming Reality is the first study to apply the insights of the growing discipline of phenomenological sociology to women's experience, particularly the experience of childbirth, in an attempt to develop a feminist phenomenological perspective.
 

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Contents

SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON WOMENS EXPERIENCE
1
Traditional Methods of Research on Women
5
Requirements for a New Perspective
10
ORIGINS OF PHENOMENOLOGICAL SOCIOLOGY
13
Development of Phenomenological Sociology
18
Departure from Husserl
20
Webers Subjective Meaning
21
Reflexivity and the SubjectObject Polarity
25
Constitution of the Other
84
WOMEN AS AGENTS OF KNOWLEDGE
88
Supremacy of Knowledge
90
Affirmative Approaches
94
Subjective Knowledge
97
Uniqueness of Experience
101
PHENOMENOLOGICAL REFLECTION ON WOMENS EXPERIENCE
104
The LivedBody
109

Attachment of Meaning to Experience
26
Interpretation of Social Action
28
Typification Paramount Reality and Province of Meaning
29
Intersubjectivity
31
CRITIQUE OF PHENOMENOLOGICAL SOCIOLOGY
35
Schutz
39
Concurrence and Distinction
42
STRUCTURES OF KNOWLEDGE FROM A FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE
47
Alien Disclosure
53
Valuative Assumptions
54
Beyond the Sociological Imagination
56
Gender and Experience
60
Qualitative and Quantitative
62
Subjective and Objective
63
Women as Subjects
65
PHENOMENOLOGICAL APPROACH TO WOMENS EXPERIENCE
69
Subjective Meaning
71
Intended Meaning
75
Choosing Among Alternatives
78
Challenging the TakenforGranted
81
Modes of Understanding
113
Centrality of Experience
120
Attention to the Project
124
SelfEncounter
128
Dimensions in Time
129
Reflective Attitude
132
Revelations and Turning Points
135
New Choices New Possibilities
139
PHENOMENOLOGICAL SOCIOLOGY RECONSIDERED
142
Artificial Distinctions
144
Alternative Constructions of Meaning
147
Typifications of Experience
150
Feminist Critique
152
Contributions to Feminist Research
155
Notes
161
Glossary
167
Bibliography
171
Index
185
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