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`Sara Delamont eloquently explores the impact of feminism on sociology and powerfully argues that it has been marginalised. A "must read" for all sociologists searching for a complete account of the development of the discipline' - Emma Wincup, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent at Canterbury `This is a model of what a textbook should be, for Delamont states what she intends to do, does it with clarity, summarises succinctly and provides interesting and pertinent references' - Sociological Research Online This book explores the achievements of British feminist sociology in theory, methods and empirical research. It outlines the barriers to the development of feminism and explores contemporary challenges. It provides an unrivalled guide to the origins of feminism in the discipline of sociology, analyses the uneasy relationships between feminists and the founding fathers and elucidates the opportunities and challenges presented by post-modernism. The book was written in the spirit of trying to be even-handed in its discussion of the various schools of feminism. It draws on a variety of empirical areas, from science to stratification and from healths and illness to the professions to illustrate the depth and vitality of feminist perspectives.
Chapter One: When the Patriarchy Gets Worried
When the Patriarchy Gets Worried
When the patriarchy gets worried it goes into action. (Cross, 1981: 22)
This is a book about feminist sociology. It is not an account of the sociological research on women. There are plenty of those (e.g. Delamont, 1980, 2001 and Pilcher, 1999). Rather it is an account of a theoretical perspective in sociology which has been important for 30 years. The central argument of the book is that the feminist sociologies are now 30 years old, are more subversive of the dominant paradigm than the other 30-year-old marginal perspectives such as ethnomethod-ology, conversational analysis and discourse analysis, yet they have been successfully ghettoised by the malestream. Throughout the book I will write of feminist sociologies, because the ...