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Feminist Perspectives on Sociology

1st Edition

By Barbara Littlewood

Routledge

274 pages

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The Feminist Perspectives Series seeks to provide concise, accessible and engaging introductions to key feminist topics and debates. The texts in the series are designed to be used on a wide range of courses touching feminist issues and are written by experienced teachers who are also well known in their respective fields. Each book in the series includes the most up-to-date statistics, research data, key sources and suggestions for further reading.

Feminist Perspectives on Sociology examines how sociology has been transformed under the influence of feminism in recent years. This transformation consists both of a critique of established areas and the opening up of new ones. Areas and issues covered include approaches to knowledge and research, patriarchal relations, work in and outside the home, body politics, sport and fitness, migration, violence, the state, and globalisation. The book also reviews a range of ‘post’ perspectives and arguments including postmodernism, postcolonialism and postfeminism. Feminism is also a transformative social movement. Its political impact, from local to transnational levels, has to be taken into account in assessing developments in sociology, providing it with a connection between research and action.

Key features

  • Provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to feminist perspectives in sociology
  • Discusses and assesses sociological and feminist theories in relation to case studies
  • Covers a wide range of current issues that will interest readers from many disciplinary backgrounds
  • Includes end of chapter summaries, suggestions for further reading and a glossary of key terms

Barbara Littlewood is Lecturer in Sociology, University of Glasgow.

Table of Contents

(Each chapter ends with Summary and Further Reading).

1. FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES IN SOCIOLOGY

Chapter outline

Many sociologies, many feminisms

Feminism in sociology: influences

Feminism and sociology: developments and directions

2. THE EPISTEMOLOGY CHALLENGE

Chapter outline

Introduction

The theoretical background: functionalism and conflict theory

Conflict theory, knowledge and ideology

Feminist critiques of sociological knowledge

Feminist empiricism

Feminist standpoint

Academics and activists: the politics of research

Useful knowledge

3. DIVISIONS OF LABOUR

Chapter outline

Feminist sociology in the 1970s

‘Production’ and ‘reproduction’ in sociology

The social and domestic division of labour: the historical background

Women and employment: contemporary issues

Features of women’s employment

Factors contributing to women’s employment patterns

Theories of women’s work

The feminisation of the labour force

Moving beyond the ‘West’: gender and colonialism

The gendering of the global economy

Work and non-work

The demise of the male breadwinner

The ‘family-friendly’ public sector?

4. PATRIARCHY: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE

Chapter outline

‘Patriarchy’: radical and Marxist feminist

Patriarchy as ideological or material

Where is patriarchy?

Patriarchy’s relation to racial domination

Is patriarchy a system?

The state and patriarchy

Violence and the state

5. BODY POLITICS

Chapter outline

The background to feminist interest in body politics

Resisting naturalisation

Early campaigns

Sexed bodies and history

Women’s experiences of their bodies: medicine

Bodies and physical activities: sport, dance and fitness

Getting ‘the look’

Racialised bodies

White, male bodies and deviance from the norm

The dominated and the subversive body

Challenging domination

6. LIVING IN A POST WORLD?

Chapter outline

Gendering modernity

Gendering modernist movements

Postmodernity

Critique or condition?

Sociology and postmodernism

. . . and feminism

Postmodernism, feminism and cultural studies

Postfeminism

Academic postfeminism

Postmodernism and feminism

Conclusion: last posts?

7. POSTCOLONIALISM AND FEMINISM

Chapter outline

International and sexual divisions of labour: colonialism

Gender relations in the colonial world

International and sexual divisions of labour: postcolonial conditions

Postcolonialism as critique

Postcolonialism and feminism

8. GLOBALISING FEMINISMS

Chapter outline

‘Globalisation’ in social sciences

Globalisation and postcolonialism: condition and critique

Globalisation and feminist development studies

‘The globalised woman’

Globalising politics

Feminist politics and globalisation

Global feminisms

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI019000
PHILOSOPHY / Political
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General