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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 Two: Neither Young, Nor Luscious, Nor Sycophantic: Developments in Feminist Sociology, 1968–2002
Neither Young, Nor Luscious, Nor Sycophantic: Developments in Feminist Sociology, 1968–2002
The Leicester sociology department in which I studied from 1967 to 1972 was large, prestigious, and had a male-dominated academic staff. (Deem, 1996: 7)
For the women who became feminist sociologists in Britain after 1965, what Deem describes at Leicester is instantly recognisable. Deem argues that the Leicester Department operated a tripartite internal market, with an applied sociology track (female-dominated, low status), a theoretical track (high status, difficult, male-dominated) and an empirical track (intermediate in difficulty, and not marked by gender). We do not have detailed data on the staffing, curricula and student enrolments of all the other sociology departments in the UK over the ...