“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.

Knowledge, Truth, and Power: Foucault and Feminist Responses

Knowledge, Truth, and Power: Foucault and Feminist Responses

Knowledge, truth, and power: Foucault and feminist responses

Human knowledge and human power come to the same thing, because ignorance of cause frustrates effect. (Francis Bacon, Novum Organum)

Knowledge has always been linked to power, in the sense of having the power to have an effect on individuals or, more generally, on society. The fear of the village gossip, for example, was a fear of the gossip's presumed knowledge. The power of knowledge is even more important today with the proliferation of electronic systems that can store enormous amounts of data, recording the most intimate aspects of any individual's life. These data are stored in places that are accessible to governments and to those individuals, corporations, and institutions whose ...

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