This edited volume focuses on the problematic engendering of
classical and contemporary sociological theory, addressing
questions such as:
How were the foundations of sociological theory shaped by an
Did classical sociology simply reflect or actively construct
theories of sexual difference?
How were alternative accounts of the social suppressed in
sociology's founding moments?
Feminist interventions in sociology are still seen as marginal to
sociological theorizing. This collection challenges this truncated
vision of sociological theory. In part one, contributors
interrogate the classical canon, exposing the masculinist
assumptions that saturate the conceptual scaffolding of sociology.
In part two, contributors consider the long-standing and
problematic relationship between sociology and feminism, retrieving
voices marginalized within or excluded from canonical constructions
of sociological theory. In part three, contributors engage with key
contemporary debates, explicitly engendering accounts of the
Engendering the Social is unique in that it not only critically
interrogates sociological theory from a feminist perspective, but
also embarks on a politics of reconstruction, working creatively at
the interface of feminist and sociological theory to induce a more
adequate conceptualisation of the social. This is a key text for
undergraduate and postgraduate students in sociology, social theory
and feminist theory.
Barbara Marshall is based at Trent University, in Peterborough, Canada. Anne Witz is based at the University of Leicester, UK.
Introduction Part one: Interrogating the classical canon Masculinity and the social: Towards a politics of interrogation Sex and the sociological fathers Elective affinities Part two: Contesting the canon: founders, feminists and excluded voices Feminizing the citizen: British sociology's sleight of hand? More sociological than the sociologists? Undisciplined and undisciplinary thinking about society and modernity in the nineteenth century Illegitimate daughters: The complex relationship between feminism and sociology Part three: Interrogating modern sociology Gender and the post structural social Rethinking the revival of social capital and trust in social theory Situated intersubjectivity Index.