An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives by Pamela Abbott

By Pamela Abbott

This 3rd variation of this best-selling e-book confirms the continued centrality of feminist views and examine to the sociological company, and introduces scholars to the big variety of feminist contributions in key components of sociological concern.  thoroughly revised, this variation includes:

  • new chapters on sexuality and the media
  • additional fabric on race and ethnicity, incapacity and the body
  • many new foreign and comparative examples
  • the impact of theories of globalization and post-colonial studies.

In addition, the theoretical parts have additionally been totally rethought in mild of modern advancements in social theory.  Written by way of 3 skilled lecturers and examiners, this e-book offers scholars of sociology and women's reports an available review of the feminist contribution to the entire key components of sociological concern.

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The book begins with a consideration of the relationship between feminism and the sociological imagination, focusing on the feminist critique of malestream sociology. It then considers feminist sociological theory, taking account of debates and issues relating to post-feminism and post-colonialism. Various sociological themes are considered from a broad range of feminist perspectives and in the light of current feminist research, including: stratification and inequality, education, the life course, the family and the household, health, illness and caring, sexuality, crime and criminal justice, politics, the mass media and popular culture, and feminist knowledge.

However, feminists have challenged and continue to challenge patriarchal ideologies – that is, ideas that support male supremacy – arguing that they are partial and distorting. But because men are in positions of relative power (in politics or in the mass media, for instance) they are able to marginalise feminist ideologies. Ideology as we are using the term, then, is made up of a set of common-sense beliefs or practical knowledge that form the basis for social action. For example, familial ideologies in capitalist societies tend to present the nuclear family – of mother, father and dependent children living as a household, with the man as economic provider and the woman as the primary carer in the domestic sphere – as a natural (biologically based) and universal institution.

Now, the impact of feminist scholarship has led to a recasting and, to some extent, a transgression of former boundaries between disciplines, as well as within them. It has also problematised the idea of a single women’s perspective, emphasising instead the diversity of women’s experiences and viewpoints. Much of the material in the first and second editions remains relevant, but in this third edition we have taken account of the shifting parameters and interests of feminism, and of diverse groups of men and women.

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