Engendering The Social

Feminist Encounters with Social Theory

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Author: Marshall,,Witz, Anne

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335212697

Category: Social Science

Page: 223

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This edited volume focuses on the problematic engendering of classical and contemporary sociological theory, addressing questions such as: How were the foundations of sociological theory shaped by an implicit masculinity? Did classical sociology simply reflect or actively construct theories of sexual difference? How were alternative accounts of the social suppressed in sociology's founding moments? Feminist interventions in sociology are still seen as marginal to sociological theorizing. This collection challenges this truncated vision of sociological theory. In part one, contributors interrogate the classical canon, exposing the masculinist assumptions that saturate the conceptual scaffolding of sociology. In part two, contributors consider the long-standing and problematic relationship between sociology and feminism, retrieving voices marginalized within or excluded from canonical constructions of sociological theory. In part three, contributors engage with key contemporary debates, explicitly engendering accounts of the social. Engendering the Social is unique in that it not only critically interrogates sociological theory from a feminist perspective, but also embarks on a politics of reconstruction, working creatively at the interface of feminist and sociological theory to induce a more adequate conceptualisation of the social. This is a key text for undergraduate and postgraduate students in sociology, social theory and feminist theory.

Social Theory in Contemporary Asia

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Author: Ann Brooks

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113695743X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 160

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Philosophical debates around individualization and the implications for intimacy, reflexivity and identity have occupied a central part of social and cultural theorizing in the West in the last decade. In fact, late modernity has become conspicuously engaged with issues of intimacy, reflexivity and identity. The author analyses the relevance of these debates in the context of contemporary Asia and combines an analysis of significant social theorists including Beck, Giddens, Bourdieu, McNay, Adkins, and Ong with an application of these debates to social, political and cultural contexts. Drawing on empirical research, case studies, global reports, media and academic literature, the book provides a relevant, wide-ranging and contemporary analysis of the debates on Asian culture and society. In the Foreword to the book Bryan Turner comments: ‘Professor Brooks shows consequently that the intimate and emotional cultures that have been described by Anthony Giddens and Ulrich Beck with respect to the West have not arrived in Asia or at least that they have not become visible and permanent aspects of the social landscape.’

The Gender of Suicide

Knowledge Production, Theory and Suicidology

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Author: Katrina Jaworski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317030826

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Drawing on diverse theoretical and textual sources, The Gender of Suicide presents a critical study of the ways in which contemporary society understands suicide, exploring suicide across a range of key expert bodies of knowledge. With attention to Durkheim's founding study of suicide, as well as discourses within sociology, law, medicine, psy-knowledge and newsprint media, this book demonstrates that suicide cannot be understood without understanding how gender shapes it, and without giving explicit attention to the manner in which prevailing claims privilege some interpretations and experiences of suicide above others. Revealing the masculine and masculinist terms in which our current knowledge of suicide is constructed, The Gender of Suicide, explores the relationship between our grasp of suicide and problematic ideas connected to the body, agency, violence, race and sexuality. As such, it will appeal to sociologists and social theorists, as well as scholars of cultural studies, philosophy, law and psychology.

Handbook of the Sociology of Gender

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Author: Janet Saltzman Chafetz

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387362185

Category: Social Science

Page: 630

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During the past three decades, feminist scholars have successfully demonstrated the ubiq uity and omnirelevance of gender as a sociocultural construction in virtually all human collectivities, past and present. Intrapsychic, interactional, and collective social processes are gendered, as are micro, meso, and macro social structures. Gender shapes, and is shaped, in all arenas of social life, from the most mundane practices of everyday life to those of the most powerful corporate actors. Contemporary understandings of gender emanate from a large community of primarily feminist scholars that spans the gamut of learned disciplines and also includes non-academic activist thinkers. However, while in corporating some cross-disciplinary material, this volume focuses specifically on socio logical theories and research concerning gender, which are discussed across the full array of social processes, structures, and institutions. As editor, I have explicitly tried to shape the contributions to this volume along several lines that reflect my long-standing views about sociology in general, and gender sociology in particular. First, I asked authors to include cross-national and historical material as much as possible. This request reflects my belief that understanding and evaluating the here-and-now and working realistically for a better future can only be accomplished from a comparative perspective. Too often, American sociology has been both tempero- and ethnocentric. Second, I have asked authors to be sensitive to within-gender differences along class, racial/ethnic, sexual preference, and age cohort lines.

Sociological Objects

Reconfigurations of Social Theory

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Author: Ruth Rettie,Dr Andrew King,Mr Geoff Cooper

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409491544

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

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What are the aims of sociology? What are its objects of study? How relevant is the classical tradition to the practice of sociology today? This volume brings together internationally renowned and new scholars to consider the changing relationship between contemporary and classical sociology. Arguing that recent historical and theoretical developments make reconsideration timely, it suggests that whilst the classical tradition has a continuing pertinence, it is inevitably subject to ongoing reconfiguration. Assessing the explanatory value of classical and contemporary forms of sociology, interrogating social theory as both a form of explanation and a mode of practice, and considering the possible consequences for the discipline of questions about its subject matter, Sociological Objects steers a course between assertions about radical epistemological breaks on the one hand, and reverence for the classical tradition on the other. Rather, it emphasizes the value of reworking, reconsidering and reconfiguring sociological thought.

Engendered Encounters

Feminism and Pueblo Cultures, 1879-1934

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Author: Margaret D. Jacobs

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803276093

Category: Social Science

Page: 273

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In this interdisciplinary study of gender, cross-cultural encounters, and federal Indian policy, Margaret D. Jacobs explores the changing relationship between Anglo-American women and Pueblo Indians before and after the turn of the century. During the late nineteenth century, the Pueblos were often characterized by women reformers as barbaric and needing to be "uplifted" into civilization. By the 1920s, however, the Pueblos were widely admired by activist Anglo-American women, who challenged assimilation policies and worked hard to protect the Pueblos? "traditional" way of life. ø Deftly weaving together an analysis of changes in gender roles, attitudes toward sexuality, public conceptions of Native peoples, and federal Indian policy, Jacobs argues that the impetus for this transformation in perception rests less with a progressively tolerant view of Native peoples and more with fundamental shifts in the ways Anglo-American women saw their own sexuality and social responsibilities.

Emotions in Transmigration

Transformation, Movement and Identity

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Author: A. Brooks,R. Simpson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137284331

Category: Social Science

Page: 207

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The book explores the intersection of emotions and migration in a number of case studies from across the USA, Europe and Southeast Asia, including the transmigration of female domestic workers, transmigrant marriages, transmigrant workers in the entertainment industry and asylum seekers and refugees who are the victims of domestic violence.

Global Perspectives on War, Gender and Health

The Sociology and Anthropology of Suffering

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Author: Hannah Bradby,Professor Gillian Lewando Hundt

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409492168

Category: Social Science

Page: 178

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Rendering the suffering of the marginalized visible has been an important aspect of feminist sociological studies of health, illness and medicine, with the subjective experience of those without access to institutional power being at the forefront of the research. This volume analyzes the links between the suffering caused by the intentional violence of war and the unintentional suffering engendered by modern medicinal processes. By establishing a fitting tribute to the academic and campaigning work of Meg Stacey, Global Perspectives on War, Gender and Health responds to her challenge of ‘why medical sociology had not yet turned its gaze upon the health consequences of war’. A selection of international case studies are used to create a volume of significant interest to sociologists and those working in the fields of anthropology, social policy, social work, peace, war and security studies, and international development.

Engendering Modernity

Feminism, Social Theory and Social Change

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Author: Barbara Marshall

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745667708

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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In this book Barbara Marshall argues that the debates around both modernity and postmodernity neglect the role of women and significance of gender in the formation of contemporary societies.

Families, Violence and Social Change

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Author: Linda McKie

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780335211593

Category: Social Science

Page: 178

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Explores the relationship between social theory, families and changing issues in familial relationships and charts social and economic changes and their impact on the family.

Beyond the risk society

critical reflections on risk and human security

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Author: Gabe Mythen,Sandra Walklate

Publisher: Open Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 254

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In contemporary culture risk is ubiquitous, filtering through a range of activities, practices and experiences. In line with rising public concerns about the management of current threats - such as crime, terrorism and global warming -interest in risk has gathered momentum in the social sciences, galvanized by Ulrich Becks risk society thesis. . .Bringing together cutting edge academics and researchers, Beyond the Risk Society provides an understanding of the relevance and impact of the concept of risk in various subject areas. Contributions by domain experts critically evaluate the way in which theoretical risk perspectives have influenced their fields of interest, offering the opportunity to reflect upon the problems and possibilities for future work on risk. In assembling this collection, the editors propose a holistic and trans-disciplinary approach to understanding the nature and consequences of risk in everyday life. . .This text is key reading for social sciences students in a range of disciplines, including sociology, criminology, cultural studies, media studies, psychology and social policy. . .Contributors: Alison Anderson, Rob Flynn, Jane Franklin, Hazel Kemshall, Deborah Lupton, Phil Macnaghten, Jim McGuigan, Peter McMylor, Gabe Mythen, Pat O'Malley, Teela Sanders, Steve Tombs, Sandra Walklate, Dave Whyte, Iain Wilkinson..

Theories of Social Capital

Researchers Behaving Badly

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Author: Ben Fine

Publisher: Pluto Pr

ISBN: 9780745329963

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 271

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Tracing the evolution of social capital since his highly acclaimed contribution of 2001 (Social Capital Versus Social Theory), Ben Fine consolidates his position as the world's leading critic of the concept. Fine forcibly demonstrates how social capital has expanded across the social sciences only by degrading the different disciplines and topics that it touches: a McDonaldization of social theory. The rise and fall of social capital at the World Bank is critically explained as is social capital's growing presence in disciplines, such as management studies, and its relative absence in others, such as social history. Writing with a sharp critical edge, Fine not only deconstructs the roller-coaster presence of social capital across the social sciences but also draws out lessons on how (and how not) to do research.

New Social Connections

Sociology's Subjects and Objects

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Author: Judith Burnett,Syd Jeffers,Graham Thomas

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230575981

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Offering a fresh approach to new explorations of the reconfigurations of sociological thought, this book provides a mix of literature review, original theory and autobiographical material in order to understand formations of sociological knowledge.

Equality, Inequalities and Diversity

Contemporary Challenges and Strategies

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Author: Geraldine Healy,Mike Noon,Gill Kirton

Publisher: Management, Work & Organisatio

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 306

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An authoritative and in-depth critical analysis of equality, inequality and diversity in organisations. Using international examples it explores contemporary concepts and debates based on original research in a number of fields and sectors.

Acquaintances

The Space Between Intimates and Strangers

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Author: David Morgan

Publisher: Open University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 139

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As society becomes more and more fragmented, we are building more complex networks of second level associations. Although these are important social networks, they all remain relatively impersonal and non-permanent. This book looks at such non-intimate interpersonal relationships such as neighbours and work colleagues.

The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies

Contemporary Currents

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Author: Paul S. Adler,Paul Du Gay,Glenn Morgan,Michael Reed

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199671087

Category: Organizational behavior

Page: 752

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This title examines how contemporary currents in sociology and social theory have influenced the field of organisation studies. It aims to combat the tendency towards myopia in the organisation studies field, which encourages reliance on resources and references drawn from within the field and discourages scholars from going beyond these boundaries to find inspiration and ideas. The contributing authors show how sociologists and sociological concepts from the US and Europe have provided new insights into the functioning of organisations.

Questioning Sociology

A Canadian Perspective

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Author: George Clifford Pavlich,Myra J. Hird

Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195422733

Category: Social Science

Page: 366

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With 18 chapters framed as provocative sociological questions, this collection is designed to draw introductory students into debates about important social topics and theories. Written by leading Canadian scholars specifically for this text, the 18 readings are meant to challenge students' assumptions about their social worlds and encourage them to develop a critical imagination by tackling issues students will find relevant to their lives. Case studies engage the student reader and helpto connect the issues to broader sociological themes. Provocative, engaging, and above all relevant, Questioning Sociology is ideal either as a core text for single-semester courses or as a reader/supplement for full-year courses.

Gender in Scottish History

Since 1700

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Author: Lynn Abrams

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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This book offers gendered perspectives on the main themes in Scottish history since 1700. It starts from the assumption that gender is integral to our understanding of the ways in which societies in the past were organised but that national histories have a tendency to be gender blind, to assume that the processes of nation-making have little to do with sexual difference. Politics and citizenship, nation-making, the imperial project, the Enlightenment, industrialisation, religion, education, and cultural production are processes or events which are far from being neutral in gender terms. On the contrary, as this book shows, they are coloured by assumptions about men and women, masculinity and femininity and the roles deemed appropriate to the sexes. And they had different impacts upon men and women. The book unsettles dominant ways of understanding Scotland's past. It reveals the constructions of maleness concealed in conventional history and restores women to the narrative. It questions the significance of the accepted turning points in Scottish history and offers alternative readings of the main movements of change. It draws on materials from across Scotland, and by shifting emphasis from the industrial-political central belt to the Highlands and Islands, offers a balanced perception of the country as a whole.

Feminist Theory After Deleuze

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Author: Hannah Stark

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472533348

Category: Philosophy

Page: 152

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Feminist Theory After Deleuze addresses the encounter between one of the 20th century's most important philosophers, Gilles Deleuze, and one of its most significant political and intellectual movements, feminism. Feminist theory is a broad, contradictory, and still evolving school of thought. This book introduces the key movements within feminist theory, engaging with both Anglo-American and French feminism, as well as important strains of feminist thought that have originated in Australia and other parts of Europe. Mapping both the feminist critique of Deleuze's work and the ways in which it has brought vitality to feminist theory, this book brings Deleuze into dialogue with significant thinkers such as Simone de Beauvoir, Rosi Braidotti, Judith Butler, Elizabeth Grosz and Luce Irigaray. It takes key terms in feminist theory such as, 'difference', 'gender', 'bodies', 'desire' and 'politics' and approaches them from a Deleuzian perspective.