The Conceptual Practices of Power

A Feminist Sociology of Knowledge

Author: Dorothy E. Smith

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802067968

Category: Social Science

Page: 235

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Sociologists generate idology instead of knowledge - particularly where women are concerned. By starting with the theoretical formulations of their discipline and then interpreting people's activities as expressions of those ideas, sociologists both participate in and perpetuate society's traditional power relations. So argues Dorothy E. Smith in this provocative study of her own discipline and its relationship to women's lives. While acknowledging that social science is ideological, Smith argues that for sociologists idology affects methods of inquiry and transforms what actually happens in people's lives into a formalized picture that lacks subjectiveness. She explicates the need for an alternative sociology that better explores everyday experience, suggesting a Marxist materialist ideology, and emphasizing that ideology is not content but practice. Smith is especially concerned with the application of sociological ideology to the human service bureaucracy and the way institutions of mental health reconstruct women's lives. She provides meticulous accounts of the ways in with police reports, governments statistics, hospital records, and psychiatric files and ideologically interpreted, transforming a person's life history in the process. In a reveatory chapter on biographer Quentin Bell's exploration of Virginia Woolf's suicide, Smith demonstrates once again how the professional who claims to report an event acurrately also shapes it. Highly critical of current sociological practice, she also hopes that alternative appraoches will change the discipline.

Texts, Facts and Femininity

Exploring the Relations of Ruling

Author: Dorothy E. Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134851804

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 1242

'A crucial book for feminists, for sociology and the new "political anthropological historical school". It informs us how we are differently "situated" in and through social relations, which texts and images mediate, organise and construct.' Philip Corrigan, Professor of Applied Sociology, Exeter University Dorothy E. Smith is Professor of Sociology in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto. She is the author of The Everyday World as Problematic: A Feminist Sociology.

Marxism and Feminism

Author: Shahrzad Mojab

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1783603259

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 2954

Global events, from economic crisis to social unrest and militarization, disproportionately affect women. Yet around the world it is also women who are leading the struggle against oppression and exploitation. In light of renewed interest in Marxist theory among many women activists and academics, Marxism and Feminism presents a contemporary and accessible Marxist–feminist analysis on a host of issues. It reassesses previous debates and seeks to answer pressing questions of how we should understand the relationship between patriarchy and capitalism, and how we can envision a feminist project which emancipates both women and society. With contributions from both renowned scholars and new voices, Marxism and Feminism is set to become the foundational text for modern Marxist-feminist thought.

Writing the Social

Critique, Theory, and Investigations

Author: Dorothy E. Smith

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802081353

Category: Social Science

Page: 307

View: 2824

A collection of essays based on Smith's unique rebel sociology. Smith turns wit and common sense on the prevailing discourses of sociology, political economy, and popular culture to inquire directly into the actualities of peoples? lives.

Empowering Memory and Movement

Thinking and Working Across Borders

Author: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers

ISBN: 1451481810

Category: Religion

Page: 535

View: 6822

Empowering Memory and Movement Elisabeth Schssler Fiorenza completes a three volume look across her influential work and career. In Transforming Vision (2011) she drew from a career of pioneering scholarship to offer the contours of a critical feminist hermeneutic. The chapters in Changing Horizons (2013) sketched a theory of liberation. Now, the consequences for a liberating praxis are evident in interviews and essays that look back over personal and movement history, look around at challenges and potentialities, and look ahead to an emancipatory future, the critical engagement with scripture always at the center.

The Everyday World as Problematic

A Feminist Sociology

Author: Dorothy E. Smith

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9781555530365

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

View: 8614

In this collection of essays, sociologist Dorothy E. Smith develops a method for analyzing how women (and men) view contemporary society from specific gendered points of view. She shows how social relations – and the theories that describe them – must express the concrete historical and geographical details of everyday lives. A vital sociology from the standpoint of women, the volume is applicable to a variety of subjects, and will be especially useful in courses in sociological theory and methods.

Feminist Research Practice: A Primer

A Primer

Author: Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber,Patricia Lina Leavy

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761928928

Category: Social Science

Page: 371

View: 439

Feminist Research Practice: A Primer provides a unique, hands-on approach to exploring a range of feminist perspectives of the research process in order to bridge the divide between theory and research methods. Editors Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber and Patricia Lina Leavy engage students with a clear and concise writing style and in-depth examples of a range of research methods from ethnography, oral history, focus groups, and content analysis to interviewing and survey research.

Feminist Sociology

Life Histories of a Movement

Author: Barbara Laslett,Barrie Thorne

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813524290

Category: Social Science

Page: 286

View: 2946

This collection of thirteen life stories recaptures the history of a political and intellectual movement that created feminist sociology as a field of inquiry. As the editors' introduction notes, the life history is a crucial tool for sociological thought. Life histories can be a bridge between individual experience and codified knowledge, between human agency and social structure. Life histories can enhance social theory by revealing categories of meaning usually submerged in the conventions of social science. The authors in this volume, all sociologists who have had great impact upon the field in which they write, show how personal relationships, experiences of inequality, and professional conflict and camaraderie interweave with the formation of social theory, political movements, and intellectual thought. The book makes a powerful impression upon anyone who has struggled with the relationship between social theory and everyday life. -- Accessible, lively articles that combine personal narrative with sociological theory. -- Contributors are some of the leading voices in feminist sociology.

Philosophy of Anthropology and Sociology

A Volume in the Handbook of the Philosophy of Science Series

Author: N.A

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0080466648

Category: Philosophy

Page: 900

View: 1113

This volume concerns philosophical issues that arise from the practice of anthropology and sociology. The essays cover a wide range of issues, including traditional questions in the philosophy of social science as well as those specific to these disciplines. Authors attend to the historical development of the current debates and set the stage for future work. · Comprehensive survey of philosophical issues in anthropology and sociology · Historical discussion of important debates · Applications to current research in anthropology and sociology

Punishment and Culture

Author: Philip Smith

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226766101

Category: Law

Page: 219

View: 8673

Philip Smith attacks the comfortable notion that punishment is about justice, reason and law. Instead, he argues that punishment is an essentially irrational act founded in ritual as a means to control evil without creating more of it in the process.

The Community of the Weak

Social Postmodernism in Theological Reflections on Power and Powerlessness in North America

Author: Hans-Peter Geiser

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621896110

Category: Religion

Page: 554

View: 9949

Annotation Social postmodernism and systematic theology can be considered the new pair in some of the most creative discussions on the future of theological method on a global scale. Both in the academy and in the public square, as well as in the manifold local and pastoral moments of ministry and community social activism, the social, the postmodern, and the theological intermingle in engaging and border-crossing ways. The Community of the Weak presents a new kind of fundamental theology with a postmodern touch, using jazz as a metaphor, writing ethnographically out of the personal windows of lived experiences, combining fragments of autobiography with theological reconstruction. A comparative perspective on North American and European developments in contemporary systematic theology serves as a hermeneutical horizon to juxtapose two continents in their very different contexts. The author proposes a systematic and fundamental theology that is more jazzy, global, and narrative, deeply embedded in pastoral ministry to tell its postmodern story. Book jacket.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780962278907

Category: Women's bookstores

Page: 36

View: 754

Heather's favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, two eyes, two ears, two hands, and two feet. Heather also has two mommies, Mama Jane and Mamma Kate.



Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sociology

Page: N.A

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The Second Sex (Vintage Feminism Short Edition)

Author: Simone de Beauvoir

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473521912

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

View: 8047

Vintage Feminism: classic feminist texts in short form WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NATALIE HAYNES When this book was first published in 1949 it was to outrage and scandal. Never before had the case for female liberty been so forcefully and successfully argued. De Beauvoir’s belief that ‘One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman’ switched on light bulbs in the heads of a generation of women and began a fight for greater equality and economic independence. These pages contain the key passages of the book that changed perceptions of women forever. TRANSLATED BY CONSTANCE BORDE AND SHEILA MALOVANY-CHEVALLIER ANNOTATED AND INTRODUCED BY MARTINE REID

A Typology of Domestic Violence

Intimate Terrorism, Violent Resistance, and Situational Couple Violence

Author: Michael P. Johnson

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1555537413

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

View: 3780

Reassesses thirty years of domestic violence research and demonstrates three forms of partner violence, distinctive in their origins, effects, and treatments

Books in Print

Author: R.R. Bowker Company

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

View: 7957

Books in print is the major source of information on books currently published and in print in the United States. The database provides the record of forthcoming books, books in-print, and books out-of-print.

Studying Management Critically

Author: Mats Alvesson,Hugh Willmott

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761967378

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 229

View: 4753

Drawing upon a range of influential contemporary movements in the social sciences, primarily upon critical traditions, this text provides a wide-ranging analysis of management and its various specialisms.

Investigating Gender

Author: Martha E. Thompson,Michael Armato

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745651860

Category: Social Science

Page: 350

View: 7926

A fresh and exciting new textbook that will be an indispensable and dynamic entry point for students of gender. Pays full attention to the recent move towards recognizing intersectionality and the way gender interacts with other forms of privilege and oppression.

Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology

An Interdisciplinary Reader

Author: Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber,Christina K. Gilmartin,Robin Lydenberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195125214

Category: Social Science

Page: 388

View: 2253

This collection is organized around key issues in feminist theory and empirical research. Essay topics include: tensions between disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge building; the politics of identity and experience; the complex terrain in which difference is used as a tool of oppression; the gender dynamics of power and resistance; and visual and discursive representations of the female body. The volume concludes with some methodological and political dilemmas feminists encounter as they expose the underlying ideological distortions in existing social policies.