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Natural Women, Cultured Men

A Feminist Perspective on Sociological Theory

This book examines the work of the classical social theorists -- Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Engels and Freud -- from a feminist perspective. The focus is on the theoretical approach adopted by each theorist in his examination of the nature of human nature and, more specifically, the nature of sex relationships. In general, the dichotomized, hierarchical view of sex relationships common to each of the theorists forms the framework for the discussions and critiques.

280 pages

Table of Contents


1. Society/Sociology

2. Durkheim's 'Science' of Sociology and Sex-Role Differences

3. Weber, Patriarchy and Power

4. Marx and Engels: Social Class and the 'Woman Question'

5. Ideology, Biology and Freud

6. Nature/Nurture: The Sociological Fathers and their Sociobiological Descendants

7. Feminism and Sociological Theory




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