Karraker, Mary M. Wilkes; Larney, Barbara Elden
November 1984
Humanity & Society;Nov84, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p497
Academic Journal
The paper was presented as an effort to encourage feminist criticism of sociology. It explores the feminist critiques of sociology and contributions of sociology to the new scholarship on women. Author's of the paper contend, that the sociological perspective is of great potential in the study of women. The paper offers practical suggestions for advancing the new scholarship on women. The scientific method as conventionally interpreted requires that sociologists strive to conduct objective research, but this goal has not been achieved with regard to the sociological study of women. How people see the world and what they perceive as problems are determined to a great extent by their location in the social structure. Therefore, a discussion of sociology and women is not only an examination of the treatment of women by the discipline but also implies an examination of the treatment of women in society. The attempt here has been to rattle the skeletons of sexism in sociology's closet. Some may feel that such public exposure is bad for business. Others may feel that such effort is hopeless in a discipline so riddled with patriarchy. The paper argues that such open discussion of flaws in the discipline is healthy and essential to the progress of sociology, science and women's place in society.


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