An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives by Pamela Abbott

By Pamela Abbott

This 3rd variation of this best-selling publication confirms the continued centrality of feminist views and study to the sociological firm, and introduces scholars to the wide 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 components have additionally been absolutely rethought in mild of modern advancements in social theory.  Written via 3 skilled academics and examiners, this publication supplies scholars of sociology and women's stories an obtainable assessment of the feminist contribution to all of the key components of sociological concern.

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Areas of sociology where feminist perspectives have made a significant impact: health and illness; the family and domestic labour; work, employment and organisation; education; crime and deviance; age and the life course; mass media and popular culture. Areas of sociology where feminist perspectives have not in the main been incorporated: social class and stratification; political sociology; social and sociological theory. Feminists are not agreed on what is required to fill the gaps in existing theory and research in sociology.

This third edition is thus intended to be more comprehensive and comparative in its coverage of the feminist contribution to sociology, yet at the same time, seeks to provide a guiding framework to stimulate and actively encourage further reading on specific topics in more depth. For this reason, we have also included annotated suggestions for further reading. We hope you will enjoy reading the book and will learn from it. We have learned much from writing it and have enjoyed the process. Feminism and sociology are not academic subjects that are just to be learned, but ways of coming to understand the society in which we live and our position in it.

This means that most societies value men and masculinity more so than women and femininity; the relationship between men and women is not simply shaped by difference, but by inequality. The consequences of this are summed up by an Amnesty International briefing to the United Nations on the global nature of discrimination against women: In every corner of the world, women and girls continue to face horrifying violence, systematic discrimination and other serious human rights abuses. They are beaten and killed in their homes, attacked in their communities, raped and brutalized in war, turned away as refugees, denied the right to education and employment, and are excluded from public life and exploited – simply because of their gender.

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