“The strengths of this text are the breadth of theories covered; the integration of gender-related topics— family, work, religion; the use of substantial quotes from primary texts; the consistent inclusion of methodological issues…. I have no doubt that it will find a solid position in the field of theory texts.”

--Kathleen Slobin, North Dakota State University

A concise, yet surprisingly comprehensive theory text, given the range of ideas, historical context, and theorists discussed. Unlike other books of the type, Contemporary Sociological Theory focuses on how the pivotal theories contributed not only to the development of the field, but also to the evolution of ideas concerning social life.

Feminist Sociological Theory: Smith and Collins

Feminist Sociological Theory: Smith and Collins

Feminist sociological theory: Smith and Collins

Sark Women Gain the Right to Inherit Property

After more than 400 years, women finally have gained the right to inherit property in this tiny island. After a year of meetings to allow the island's inhabitants to have their say, the 52 mainly unelected rulers of Sark … voted … to change the law governing the transfer of land. Sark, between Britain and France, is the smallest independent state in the Commonwealth, and has been described as the last bastion of feudalism in the modern world. A committee is being formed to review the whole constitution, which allows wife-beating if the husband uses a stick no thicker than his finger and does not draw blood. ...

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