author={Judith Stacey and Barrie Thorne},
  journal={Social Problems},
Feminists have made important contributions to sociology, but we have yet to transform the basic conceptual frameworks of the field. A comparison of sociology with anthropology, history, and literature–disciplines which have been more deeply transformed–suggests factors that may facilitate or inhibit feminist paradigm shifts. The traditional subject matter of sociology fell into a co-optable middle ground, neither as thoroughly male centered as in history or literature, nor as deeply gendered… 

Finding Feminist Sociology: A Review Essay

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Feminist Sociology: Past and Present Challenges

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How Can Feminist Sociology Sustain Its Critical Edge

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Feminist anthropology and sociology: Issues for social science

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The trouble with gender : tales of the still-missing feminist revolution in sociological theory

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Feminist Sociology and Sociological Feminism: Recovering the Social in Feminist Thought

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Feminism and Science

  • E. Keller
  • Education
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1982
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Knowledge and Women's Interests: Issues of Epistemology and Methodology in Feminist Sociological Research*

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Mexican-American Women in the Social Sciences

  • M. B. Zinn
  • Sociology
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1982
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Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence

  • A. Rich
  • Art
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1980
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Feminist Phase Theory: An Experience-Derived Evaluation Model.

When the first women's studies courses, programs, and projects in faculty development appeared in the late 1960s, researchers and practitioners were eager to evaluate their effectiveness. Evaluations

The New Scholarship on Family Violence

Only a few decades ago, the term "family violence" would have had no meaning: child abuse, wife beating, and incest would have been understood but not recognized as serious social problems. Child