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The Coming of Age of Feminist Sociology: Some Issues of Practice and Theory for the Next Twenty Years

Sasha Roseneil
The British Journal of Sociology
Vol. 46, No. 2 (Jun., 1995), pp. 191-205
DOI: 10.2307/591785
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/591785
Page Count: 15
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The Coming of Age of Feminist Sociology: Some Issues of Practice and Theory for the Next Twenty Years
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Abstract

After more than two decades of challenging mainstream sociology, feminist sociology has come of age. Recognizing that the strength of feminist sociology in the early 1990s is the product of considerable struggle and is an achievement to be celebrated, this paper explores the implications of the maturation of the feminist project within sociology. It examines issues concerning the practice of feminist sociology and addresses its current and future theoretical orientations. The relationship of feminist sociology to both the discipline as a whole and to the interdisciplinary area of women's studies is discussed, and the merits of the 'integrationist' versus the 'multiculturalist' strategies are evaluated. The paper then discusses recent concern about 'political correctness' as a form of backlash against the success of feminist work in the academy. The theoretical concerns of the paper focus on the implications of the poststructuralist turn in feminist sociology, and on the turn towards agency which, it is argued, is just beginning. It is concluded that the issues addressed in the paper are some of those which will concern the emerging generation of feminist sociologists.

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