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Feminist Theory and Sociology: Underutilized Contributions for Mainstream Theory

Janet Saltzman Chafetz
Annual Review of Sociology
Vol. 23 (1997), pp. 97-120
Published by: Annual Reviews
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2952545
Page Count: 24
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Abstract

Feminist theories in sociology reflect the rich diversity of general theoretical orientations in our discipline; there is no one form of feminist theory. The development of these theories over the last 25 years has only recently begun to influence the mainstream theory canon, which has much to learn from their insights. This chapter demonstrates why feminist versions of the following theory types should be more fully integrated into mainstream sociological theory: neo-Marxist, macro-structural, exchange, rational choice, network, status expectations, symbolic interactionist, ethnomethodological, neo-Freudian, and social role. Feminist standpoint theory, an epistemological critique of mainstream sociology, is discussed at the beginning, and the chapter concludes with a brief account of the newly developing effort to theorize the intersection of race, class, and gender.

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