Sociology's early focus on key sites of institutional power such as religion, the law and the corporation meant that women as a group were neglected. This chapter considers how feminism and its development in medical sociology have addressed this deficit to describe the influence of gendered power structures on health and illness. In the aftermath of feminism, women feature as subjects of sociological research, but often with a less than sophisticated theory of gender to underpin a focus on a single gender. Early work in health inequalities tended to explain gendered inequalities in terms of inherent differences between women and men, either in biological or occupational terms, thereby compounding rather than interrogating gender as an immutable category. As ...
Women, Gender and Feminism
Women, gender and feminism