ERIC Number: ED244891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Thinking about Women and Rethinking Sociology. Working Paper No. 113.
Andersen, Margaret L.
By examining assumptions which comprise traditional sociological thought, problems, and criticisms of sociological practice, and current issues of feminist sociology, the document investigates ways in which sociology can be transformed to include feminist perspectives. Following a rationale for reformulating fundamental assumptions of sociology to include women, the document is arranged into three parts. Part 1 identifies six theoretical sociological assumptions that are compatible with the feminist perspective. Part 2 focuses on problems and criticisms of sociological practice, mainly that theoretical and methodological issues raised by feminist scholars continue to be ignored despite more than a decade of research on women and gender. Traditional assumptions challenged as a result of feminist thought are discussed and questions concerning the preservation of classical sociological thought are raised. Part 3 discusses current issues in feminist sociology, particularly in the area of epistemology, and discusses the ideas and recommendations of Dorothy Smith and Marcia Westkott. The document concludes that while the core assumptions of sociological thought can be maintained, the transformation of much of its actual theory and practice is necessary to integrate more fully the scholarship on women to the sociological "mainstream." (LH)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Epistemology, Females, Feminism, Higher Education, Research Methodology, Sex Bias, Sex Discrimination, Sex Fairness, Social Science Research, Social Theories, Sociology, Womens Studies
Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02181 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.