The Essays in this volume explore the work of Harriet Martineau from a sociological perspective, highlighting her theoretical contributions in the areas of the sociology of labor, gender and political economy. The contributors each offer a contextual, theoretical and methodological assessment of her work beginning with the opportunities and challenges of utilizing Martineau pedagogically in the sociology classroom.
Michael R. Hill is Chair-Elect of the American Sociological Association's Section on the History of Sociology and is the editor of the sesquicentennial edition of Harriet Martineau's How to Observe Morals and Manners.
Susan Hoecker-Drysdale is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Concordia University, Montreal, and is the author of Harriet Martineau: First Woman Sociologist.
"...the book is well organized and makes a strong contribution to healthcare policy; it would be a good source for administrators, politicians, and experts working in this area." -- Contemporary Sociology 31, 3
"[This] collection of essays argues for Martineau's foundational and hitherto unrecognized importance in the discipline of sociology. Advancing the claim that Martineau must be taken seriously in the sociology classroom, the editors...note smartly that because so much her sociological writing is 'directly accessible to neophyte readers...students may miss entirely the sophisticated logic and structure of her theoretical views' (14)." -- Victorian Studies