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Gillian Niebrugge, Patricia Lengermann & Bette J. Dickerson

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 71: Women's Leadership in Sociology

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Women's Leadership in Sociology
Women's leadership in sociology

Sociology is a professional community and an intellectual discipline, and women have been leaders in both. A profession is an occupation marked by service to clients and society and expertise in an area of specialized knowledge. A sociologist is an expert in the discipline of sociology, “a systematically developed consciousness of society and social relations” (Smith, 1987). A professional community is a structure of relations and norms that regulate the conduct of professionals.

Leadership in a professional community is an exercise of power in which some group members direct ...

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