`This book contributes to the growing debates about social theory and its role through a discussion of the ways in which gender and race contributed to the exclusion of important thinkers from the sociological canon' - John Hughes, Lancaster University Who makes up the `canon' of sociology - and who doesn't? And does sociology need a canon in the first place? Beyond Social Theory offers an innovative and passionate contribution to current debates on the history and development of sociology and the exclusion of theorists - who are female, black, or both - from the mainstream of social theorizing. With compelling biographical sketches bringing the dynamics behind the `canon' to life, Kate Reed focuses sharp analysis on the exclusion of theorists on race and gender from important debates on inequality. An important contribution to the debate on non-exclusionary theory, this book critically examines existing accounts of the history of the discipline, situating the development of social theory within a wider social and political context.

Race, Gender and Hidden Classics

Race, gender and hidden classics

In the previous chapter we focused on an exploration of the origins and development of the classical canon. Although the diversity of the canon was recognized, what became clear through the analysis was that Marx, Weber and Durkheim, and latterly Simmel, have been constructed as constituting the classical canon. Although these theorists remain important in exploring the origins of sociology, there are many other contemporaries of the classical theorists (public intellectuals and activists, all of whom were writing sociologically) who have remained outside the corpus of classical sociology as a result of their gender and/or race and their social theoretical focus on gender and racial inequalities. The aim of this chapter is to explore the work ...

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