1st Edition

Reintroducing Harriet Martineau Pioneering Sociologist and Activist

By Stuart Hobday, Gaby Weiner Copyright 2024
    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the innovative, sociological approach adopted by Harriet Martineau in her efforts to develop a ‘scientific’ approach to understanding social and societal change. With attention to her focus on the key social structures and societal issues of her day – the economy, education, the condition of women and the evils of slavery – the authors highlight her creation and application of what we now recognise as sociological methodology, fieldwork and analysis. Through an examination in each chapter of the writings that best illustrate Martineau’s sociological perspective, Reintroducing Harriet Martineau discusses her enduring contribution to sociology. As such, it will appeal to scholars and students of sociology with interests in the history of the discipline and questions of methodology.

    Chapter 1: Introducing Harriet Martineau

    Chapter 2: Sociological Analysis and Methodology

    Chapter 3: The Condition of Women

    Chapter 4: Educational Perspectives

    Chapter 5: Fighting Slavery

    Chapter 6: Health Care and Hospitals

    Chapter 7: Environmentalism and Experimentation

    Chapter 8: Journey to Secularism

    Chapter 9: Experience of Disability to Sociology of Disability

    Chapter 10: Harriet Martineau’s Sociological Legacy

    Bibliography: selected works of Harriet Martineau

    Bibliography: secondary sources



    Stuart Hobday is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia and the author of Encounters with Harriet Martineau.

    Gaby Weiner has held a number of professorial and honorary research positions in the UK and Sweden. Her publications include Feminisms in Education, Closing the Gender Gap: Postwar Educational and Social Change, Kids in Cyberspace, Reconstructing and Deconstructing Lives, Tales of Loving and Leaving, and Harriet Martineau and the Birth of the Disciplines.