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Contents List of tables Preface Acknowledgements 1 Introduction: Feminism and the Sociological Imagination Setting the agenda Gendering the sociological imagination Ideologies of sexual difference The sex-gender distinction The feminist critique of malestream sociology Towards a feminist sociology Conclusions Summary Further Reading 2 Feminist sociological theory Feminist perspectives and sociology An invitation to feminist sociology The insights of sociology The historical context of sociology Theory and theorizing Feminist theory Feminist debates on sexual difference Feminist theoretical perspectives Postfeminism Conclusions Summary Further Reading 3 Stratification and inequality Gender-based stratification Social-class based stratification Race, ethnicity and stratification Disability and stratification Global stratification Conclusions Summary Further Reading 4 Education Girls' educational achievements The history of girls' education in Britain Explaining girls' continued disadvantage Global inequalities in literacy and education (please amend in text) Feminist perspectives on education Masculinity and education Conclusions Summary Further Reading 5 The life course Childhood Adolescence Adulthood Ageing Conclusions Summary Further Reading 6 The family and the household Sociological perspectives on the family Feminist approaches to the family Industrialisation and the origins of the family wage Diversity in family forms and practices Familial Ideology Gendered experiences of family life Conclusions Summary Further Reading 7 Health, illness and caring Women and medicine Iatrogenic medicine Gender, power and medicine Women as providers of health care Conclusions Summary Further Reading 8 Sexuality Essentialist perspectives on sexuality Sociological perspectives on sexuality Postmodern sexualities (please amend in text) Feminist perspectives on sexuality Women's sexual experiences and attitudes Sexuality and power relations Race, ethnicity and sexuality Sexuality and HIV/AIDS Conclusions Summary Further Reading 9 Work and organization Gender ideology and the sexual division of labour Industrialisation and the gendered organization of work The gendered division of domestic labour Men, women and the labour market Feminist studies of the workplace Gender and the professions Managerial work Sexuality and work Explaining the gendered labour market The changing nature of work Conclusions Summary Further Reading 10 Crime, violence and criminal justice Explaining crime - women as criminals Men, women and crime The need for feminist theory Feminist theories of crime Violence, fear and social control (please amend in text) Men, violence and male power Conclusions Summary Further Reading 11 Politics Men, women and voting studies Defining feminist politics Feminist political activism (please amend in text) Women and the state Conclusions Summary Further Reading 12 Mass media and popular culture Culture - a brief history of the concept The sociology of culture and the emergence of cultural studies Cultural studies as ideology studies Studying media culture Sociological perspectives on media culture Youth culture and rebellion Postmodern cultural forms The feminist critique of cultural studies Feminist studies of media culture Masculinity and media culture Feminist perspectives on language New media technologies and cyberfeminism (please amend in text) Conclusions Summary Further Reading 13 Feminist knowledge Doing feminist research Feminist epistemologies Epistemic communities Conclusions Summary Further Reading References Author Index Subject Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Sociology -- Philosophy.
Sociology -- Methodology.