`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.

Beyond Sociological Exclusion

Beyond sociological exclusion

The previous chapter argued that contemporary social theory has been opened up as a result of the deconstructive process inherent in postmodernism. This has meant that those authors working from behind the veil of exclusion have now been included into accounts of sociological theory. This relates not only to contemporary social theory. Some sociologists are now reinterpreting and broadening out their accounts of sociological theory's past. However, many theorists who write accounts of the discipline's past history still seem to focus predominantly on those authors who are presumed to be canonical. Furthermore, as argued in the previous chapter, when we look at contemporary social theory, although outsiders are now included within it, they are still marginalized. Despite the deconstruction of ...

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