Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives; 3rd by Claire Wallace, Melissa Tyler

By Claire Wallace, Melissa Tyler

This 3rd version of this best-selling publication confirms the continued centrality of feminist views and learn to the sociological company, and introduces scholars to the wide variety of feminist contributions in key components of sociological concern.  thoroughly revised, this version comprises: new chapters on sexuality and the media extra fabric on race and ethnicity, incapacity and the physique many new foreign and comparative examples the effect of theories of globalization and post-colonial stories. additionally, the theoretical parts have additionally been absolutely rethought in mild of contemporary advancements in social theory.  Written through 3 skilled lecturers and examiners, this ebook provides scholars of sociology and women's experiences an obtainable review of the feminist contribution to the entire key parts of sociological problem.

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But in this sense, it provides a sound basis on which to explore the ideas introduced in more depth elsewhere. Delamont, S. (2003) Feminist Sociology. London: Sage. This book is a lively and engaging exploration of the achievements of feminist sociology in theory, methods and empirical research. One of its main strengths is its consideration of the work of the ‘founding mothers’ of sociology, as well as the contemporary opportunities and challenges posed by postmodernism. Its focus is primarily Anglo-American, however.

Sociology is of interest to us all because it is about subjects that concern us all in our everyday lives: media culture, crime, families, work, education, race relations, class, gender, political behaviour, and so on. These are issues of general concern, the frequent topics of newspaper articles and news broadcasts, the subjects of novels and plays. Sociologists, including feminist sociologists, explore these issues and try to provide answers to the kinds of questions we commonly ask, for example: How do images of ‘perfect bodies’ in the mass media – in advertising or in films, for instance – affect us?

The postmodern condition is seen as arising from a variety of social and cultural changes that took place in the latter part of the twentieth century – rapid technological change, shifting political concerns, globalisation, the creation of a knowledge society, and the rise of new social movements, for instance. Postmodernism rejects the ideas of the Enlightenment, of progress, of scientific truth and the possibility of universal, totalising theories (or ‘metanarratives’ – Lyotard, 1984) – theories such as Marxism which claim to explain everything and to have the sole explanation, often with reference to one particular determining factor, capitalism.

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