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By Pamela Abbott

This 3rd variation of this best-selling booklet confirms the continued centrality of feminist views and learn to the sociological firm, 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 impression 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 via 3 skilled lecturers and examiners, this ebook supplies scholars of sociology and women's stories an obtainable review of the feminist contribution to the entire key components of sociological concern.

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In doing so we recognise that although some issues – such as women’s oppression within the family – are important global concerns for feminist sociology, such issues are also contextual. This means that gender issues may well mean something different to women in different parts of the world, and in different sectors of the same society. In other words, the lived experience of structural similarities and differences is socially and culturally specific. Hence, although domestic violence, for instance, is often triggered by the perception that a woman has ‘failed’ to fulfil her wifely duties, just what these wifely duties are can vary considerably throughout the world.

Female sexuality, for example, can be seen as a source of untrammelled libido at one point in time or by one social group, and as completely missing in other social groups or at other points in time. In the nineteenth century in Britain and the USA, for example, white women were seen as having no sexual desires at all, while Black women were seen as uncontrollably promiscuous (see hooks, 1992). While working-class women were required to work long hours in paid employment, middle-class women were excluded from paid employment on the grounds of their ‘biological weakness’.

The use of the senses and the hands. (Darwin, 1871) This meant that there was no reason for sociology to explain sexual difference; it accepted biology as a pre-social given and therefore had no need to consider gender as an explanatory variable or to theorise the subordination and exploitation of women. Women were consequently ‘hidden’ from the sociological gaze, both theoretically and empirically. Sociology has tended to ignore not just women, but the whole private sphere of domestic relationships; areas of interest to women were not theorised and researched in any sustained way until relatively recently.

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