`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 Sociological Outsiders

Race, gender and sociological outsiders

The previous chapter argued that although some sociologists working during the 1950s and 1960s began to turn towards the social and political situation of the time, most focused on the socioeconomic situation. Despite the civil rights and women's movements, sociological theorists did not really engage wholeheartedly with issues of racial and gendered inequalities or with authors who put these issues at the centre of their social theories. Any attempts at the inclusion into the canon of authors writing about these issues were at best partial. To play on the title of Mills' (1959) book, there were limits to how far the ‘sociological imagination’ would stretch. As argued previously, this was a result not just of the ...

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