The Conceptual Practices of Power

Author: Dorothy E. Smith
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 0802067964
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Social Science

Sociologists generate idology instead of knowledge - particularly where women are concerned. By starting with the theoretical formulations of their discipline and then interpreting people's activities as expressions of those ideas, sociologists both participate in and perpetuate society's traditional power relations. So argues Dorothy E. Smith in this provocative study of her own discipline and its relationship to women's lives. While acknowledging that social science is ideological, Smith argues that for sociologists idology affects methods of inquiry and transforms what actually happens in people's lives into a formalized picture that lacks subjectiveness. She explicates the need for an alternative sociology that better explores everyday experience, suggesting a Marxist materialist ideology, and emphasizing that ideology is not content but practice. Smith is especially concerned with the application of sociological ideology to the human service bureaucracy and the way institutions of mental health reconstruct women's lives. She provides meticulous accounts of the ways in with police reports, governments statistics, hospital records, and psychiatric files and ideologically interpreted, transforming a person's life history in the process. In a reveatory chapter on biographer Quentin Bell's exploration of Virginia Woolf's suicide, Smith demonstrates once again how the professional who claims to report an event acurrately also shapes it. Highly critical of current sociological practice, she also hopes that alternative appraoches will change the discipline.

Marxism and Feminism

Author: Shahrzad Mojab
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 9781783603251
Release Date: 2015-03-12
Genre: Social Science

Global events, from economic crisis to social unrest and militarization, disproportionately affect women. Yet around the world it is also women who are leading the struggle against oppression and exploitation. In light of renewed interest in Marxist theory among many women activists and academics, Marxism and Feminism presents a contemporary and accessible Marxist–feminist analysis on a host of issues. It reassesses previous debates and seeks to answer pressing questions of how we should understand the relationship between patriarchy and capitalism, and how we can envision a feminist project which emancipates both women and society. With contributions from both renowned scholars and new voices, Marxism and Feminism is set to become the foundational text for modern Marxist-feminist thought.

The Everyday World as Problematic

Author: Dorothy E. Smith
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 0802067026
Release Date: 1987
Genre: Social Science

The six essays in this volume chart the development of Dorothy Smith's approach to the study of social life. She examines the struture of the everyday world through the lenses of feminist theory, Marxism, and phenomenology. Smith's analysis derives from the premise that women are excluded from what she calls the 'ruling apparatus' of culture. Culture, she argues, does not arise spontaneously, but rather is manufactured by those in positions of dominance - almost exclusively men - who originate the forms of though we use to consider ourselves and society. The perspectives, concerns, interests of only one sex and one class are represented as general. Only one sex and class are actively involved in producing, debating, developing its ideas, its art, its medical and psychological conceptions, its educational values and objectives. From this perspective Smith proposes an alternative to traditional socological inquiry - a sociology beginning from women's actual lived experience - and explores methods of thinking which will realize the project of a sociology for women. She goes on to work through a conception of the experienced world as problematic to a research strategy and sketches out a possible research project which employs her method of institutional ethnography. Finally, she proposes a remaking of the relations of social (not exclusively sociological) knowledge, creating forms of knowledge which substitute relations among subjects by the objectified forms through which we know others as objects.

In Her Mother s House

Author: Wendy Ho
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0742503372
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Literary Criticism

Unwilling to see Asian American women silenced beneath the noisy discourses of feminists, cultural nationalists, and Eurocentric historians, Wendy Ho turns to specific spoken stories of mothers and daughters. Against reductive tendencies of scholarship, she places her own conversations with her China-born grandmother and her U.S.-born mother and her own readings of other Asian American women writers. She finds in the writings of Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, and Fae Myenne Ng not only complex mother-daughter relationships but many-faceted relationships to fathers, family, community, and culture. Always resisting the simplistic explanations, In Her Mother's House brings Asian American women's experience as mothers and daughters to the forefront of gender and ethnicity.

Handbuch Frauen und Geschlechterforschung

Author: Ruth Becker
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783531920412
Release Date: 2010-09-08
Genre: Psychology

Das Handbuch der Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung bietet mit seinen Beiträgen zu über 100 Stichworten einen fundierten Überblick über die Entwicklung und den aktuellen Stand der deutschsprachigen und internationalen Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung. Es eignet sich insbesondere als Nachschlagewerk für Forschung und Lehre. Die Aufsätze behandeln zentrale Fragen der Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung aus unterschiedlichen Disziplinen (Soziologie, Pädagogik, Politik, Geschichte, Theologie, Philosophie, Kultur, Medizin, Psychologie, Wirtschaft, Recht, Technik- und Naturwissenschaften) und auf unterschiedlichen Ebenen: Das Spektrum der Beiträge reicht von den theoretischen Konzepten zum Geschlecht über Methoden der Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung bis zu zentralen Forschungs- und Arbeitsfeldern. Die Artikel bieten eine Übersicht über die jeweiligen zentralen Definitionen, grundlegenden Studien und Debatten sowie über die aktuellen (Forschungs-)Ergebnisse des vorgestellten Themenbereichs und geben einen Ausblick auf Forschungsfragen und Zukunftsvisionen.

Making Gray Gold

Author: Timothy Diamond
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226144798
Release Date: 2009-06-12
Genre: Social Science

This first hand report on the work of nurses and other caregivers in a nursing home is set powerfully in the context of wider political, economic, and cultural forces that shape and constrain the quality of care for America's elderly. Diamond demonstrates in a compelling way the price that business-as-usual policies extract from the elderly as well as those whose work it is to care for them. In a society in which some two million people live in 16,000 nursing homes, with their numbers escalating daily, this thought-provoking work demands immediate and widespread attention. "[An] unnerving portrait of what it's like to work and live in a nursing home. . . . By giving voice to so many unheard residents and workers Diamond has performed an important service for us all."—Diane Cole, New York Newsday "With Making Gray Gold, Timothy Diamond describes the commodification of long-term care in the most vivid representation in a decade of round-the-clock institutional life. . . . A personal addition to the troublingly impersonal national debate over healthcare reform."—Madonna Harrington Meyer, Contemporary Sociology

Feminist Sociology

Author: Sara Delamont
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761972552
Release Date: 2003-04-21
Genre: Social Science

Exploring the achievements of British feminist sociology in theory, methods and empirical research, Sara Delamont outlines the barriers to the development of feminism and explores contemporary challenges. She provides an unrivalled guide to the origins of feminism in the discipline of sociology, analyzes the uneasy relationships between feminists and the founding fathers, and elucidates the opportunities and challenges presented by postmodernism.

The Community of the Weak

Author: Hans-Peter Geiser
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781621896111
Release Date: 2013-03-28
Genre: Religion

Annotation Social postmodernism and systematic theology can be considered the new pair in some of the most creative discussions on the future of theological method on a global scale. Both in the academy and in the public square, as well as in the manifold local and pastoral moments of ministry and community social activism, the social, the postmodern, and the theological intermingle in engaging and border-crossing ways. The Community of the Weak presents a new kind of fundamental theology with a postmodern touch, using jazz as a metaphor, writing ethnographically out of the personal windows of lived experiences, combining fragments of autobiography with theological reconstruction. A comparative perspective on North American and European developments in contemporary systematic theology serves as a hermeneutical horizon to juxtapose two continents in their very different contexts. The author proposes a systematic and fundamental theology that is more jazzy, global, and narrative, deeply embedded in pastoral ministry to tell its postmodern story. Book jacket.

Wagadu Volume 4

Author: Pushpa Parekh
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781465331601
Release Date: 2008-08-15
Genre: Social Science

This volume of Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Womens and Gender Studies launches its second printed edition. Wagaduthe Soninke name of the Ghana Empirecontrolled the present-day Mali, Mauritania and Senegal and was famous for its prosperity and power from approximately 300-1076 CE. It constituted the bridge between North Africa, the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern worlds and Sub-Saharan Africa. Ghana gave birth to the two most powerful West African Empires: Mali and Songhay. The modern country of Ghana (former British Gold Coast) derives its name from the Ghana Empire. Why Wagadu? Wagadu has come to be the symbol of the sacrifice women continue to make for a better world. Wagadu has become the metaphor for the role of women in the family, community, country, and planet. Duna taka siro no yagare npale The world does not go without women. This volume investigates the intersecting perspectives, grounded in or emanating from theoretical, discursive as well as experiential frameworks and positions specific to gender, disability and postcoloniality.

Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies

Author: Dorothy E. Smith
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442667099
Release Date: 2014-05-27
Genre: Education

In Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies, Dorothy E. Smith and Susan Marie Turner present a selection of essays highlighting perhaps the single most distinctive feature of the sociological approach known as Institutional Ethnography (IE) – the ethnographic investigation of how texts coordinate and organize people’s activities across space and time. The chapters, written by scholars who are relatively new to IE as well as IE veterans, illustrate the wide variety of ways in which IE investigations can be done, as well as the breadth of topics IE has been used to study. Both a collection of examples that can be used in teaching and research project design and an excellent introduction to IE methods and techniques, Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies is an essential contribution to the subject.

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ISBN: 0962278904
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Women's bookstores

Heather's favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, two eyes, two ears, two hands, and two feet. Heather also has two mommies, Mama Jane and Mamma Kate.

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ISBN: IND:30000046655035
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Sociology


Theorizing Feminism

Author: Anne Herrmann
Publisher:
ISBN: UVA:X004478704
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Social Science

This revised and updated second edition of Theorizing Feminism: Parallel Trends in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a genuinely interdisciplinary anthology of significant contributions to feminist theory, is a volume that does justice to a subject that, in the past, has been challenging for professors to teach. This timely reader is creatively edited and contains insightful introductory material that illuminates the historical development of feminist theory as well as the current state of the field. In the past three decades, feminist scholars have produced an extraordinary rich body of theoretical writing in humanities and social science disciplines. This revised and updated second edition of Theorizing Feminism: Parallel Trends in the Humanities and Social Sciences, is a genuinely interdisciplinary anthology of significant contributions to feminist theory.This timely reader is creatively edited, and contains insightful introductory material. It illuminates the historical development of feminist theory as well as the current state of the field. Emphasizing common themes and interests in the humanities and social sciences, the editors have chosen topics that remain relevant to c