`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 Six: The Brotherhood of Professors, Males All: The Founding Fathers of Sociology
The Brotherhood of Professors, Males All: The Founding Fathers of Sociology
A full-fledged member of the brotherhood of professors, males all. (Cross, 1981: 79)
The previous chapter focused upon the search for founding mothers. This one deals with the uneasy relationships between feminist sociologies and the intellectual patriarchy: the founding fathers and the brotherhood of professors who write about them in the modern world. There are six feminist responses to the grand narrative of the history of sociology as it is usually told:
- Identification and reiteration of the ways in which the grand narrative omits women as creators or subjects in the past and present.
- Identification and reiteration of the omission of feminism as a theory, ...