Feminist Foundations: Toward Transforming Sociology

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Kristen A. Myers, Cynthia D. Anderson, Barbara J. Risman
SAGE, Mar 10, 1998 - Social Science - 439 pages
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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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Contents

The Fourth Revolution Confronting
1
A Case of Intellectual Sexism
21
An Immodest Proposal
31
Reflections
70
Reflection on Three Pioneers
76
Trends in Gender Stratification 19701985
83
Sex Differences in the Games Children Play
102
Race and Sex Differences in Career Dynamics
113
Gender in the Machine Structured Inequality
257
Sex Differentiation
278
A Theory
299
Reflections
319
Panning to the Margins
327
MexicanAmerican Women in the Social Sciences
357
The Social Construction of Black Feminist Thought
371
Reflections
393

Theorizing What Gender Means
165
Masculinity Homosexual
191
The Missing Feminist Revolution in Sociology
219
Reflections
238
The Philosophy of Feminist Knowledge
408
Index
416
About the Editors
434
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Barbara J. Risman is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was previously Alumni Distinguished Research Professor, as well as the Founding Director of the Gender and Women s Studies Program at North Carolina State University. Risman is the author of Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition and over two dozen journal articles. She is also the president of the board of The Council on Contemporary Families, a national organization whose mission is to bring new research findings and clinical expertise to public attention. In 2005, Risman was honored with the Katherine Jocher Belle Boone Award from the Southern Sociological Society for lifetime contributions to the study of gender. In 2013, she was elected vice president of the American Sociological Association. She is currently testing theories about whether hormonal exposure in utero influences gendered selves in adulthood. Risman strongly believes that sociologists have a responsibility both to do good research and to teach about it in the classroom and to the public at large.

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