The Women Founders: Sociology and Social Theory 1830–1930, A Text/Reader

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Waveland Press, Dec 31, 2006 - Social Science - 302 pages

An essential volume for anyone interested in the history of sociology, the development of sociological theory, or the history of women in the profession, this well-researched, compellingly argued book makes the case for the active and significant presence of women in the creation of sociology and social theory in its founding and classic periods. Further, Lengermann and Niebrugge explain how the women came to be erased from the history of sociology and identify the political and intellectual currents that now make their recovery both possible and important.

The volume focuses on 15 women in eight chapters. Each chapter begins with a biographical sketch situating each thinkers ideas in a historical, social, and cultural context. Next, the authors analyze the womans theory, summarizing its underlying assumptions, explicating its major themes, and introducing key vocabulary. The chapter concludes with excerpts from the original texts of the women founders. All the theories discussed in this text share a moral commitment to the idea that sociology should and could work for the alleviation of socially produced human pain. The ethical duty of the sociologist is to seek sound scientific knowledge, to refuse to make the knowledge an end in itself, to speak for the disempowered, to advocate social reform, and to never forget that the appropriate relationship between researcher and subject is one of mutuality.

 

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Contents

Present at the CreationWomen in the History of Sociology and Social Theory
1
Harriet Martineau 18021876The Beginnings of a Science of Society
23
Jane Addams 18601935Ethics and Society
65
Charlotte Perkins Gilman 18601935Gender and Social Structure
105
Anna Julia Cooper 18581964 and Ida B WellsBarnett 18621931The Foundations of Black Feminist Sociology
149
Marianne Weber 18701954A WomanCentered Sociology
193
The Chicago Womens School of Sociology 18901920Research as Advocacy
229
Beatrice Potter Webb 18581943Sociology as Critical Positivism
277
EpilogueTests of Significance
307
References
313
Index
325
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