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Sociology in AmericaA History$
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Craig Calhoun

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226090948

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226090962.001.0001

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Assessing the Feminist Revolution: The Presence and Absence of Gender in Theory and Practice

Assessing the Feminist Revolution: The Presence and Absence of Gender in Theory and Practice

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(p.438) [Thirteen] Assessing the Feminist Revolution: The Presence and Absence of Gender in Theory and Practice
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Sociology in America
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Myra Marx Ferree

Shamus Rahman Khan

Shauna A. Morimoto

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226090962.003.0013

This chapter traces the process of feminist mobilization in the U.S. It argues that the dramatic increase in the number of women in sociology since the early 1970s has produced a still-ongoing process of remaking sociological theory, methods, and organizational practice by drawing attention to two previously ignored phenomena: the social structures that produce gender and the gender relations that shape all social structures. Central to this project is the overthrow of the sex roles model of the 1950s. Feminist sociologists went beyond their initial critique of its normative prescription of a specific form of family relations to reject its underlying assumption of binary social roles. As a result, a new, structural understanding of gender has emerged that draws from and contributes to the sociological analysis of inequality in general. It is argued that women's own struggle to enter and change sociology has been the engine driving this theoretical transformation from the end of the 1960s through the present.

Keywords:   sociology, feminism, feminist mobilization, gender relations, social structures, gender roles

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