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`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.

Making Fictions of Female Destiny: Postmodernism and Postfeminism
Making fictions of female destiny: Postmodernism and postfeminism

Feminists do not have to choose between feminism and experimentalism or postmodernism as if they were unified players in a contest, but rather must face harder questions. (Gordon, 1993: 111)

This chapter deals with two challenges to feminist sociology which have characterised the past ten to 15 years. One, postfeminism, is a challenge which can be found in the mass media, especially the quality or broadsheet, newspapers. Essentially, it is a claim that the feminist movement of the 1970s has achieved its attainable goals, and has therefore vanished. The next generation of women, it is claimed, take those advances for granted, and have no interest in campaigning for the unattainable. Thus, ...

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