- Feminist anthropology and sociology: Issues for social science
Review articleOpen access
2007/01/01 Simple chapter DOI: 10.1016/B978-044451542-1/50024-6
Publisher SummaryThere are a variety of ways in which one could examine feminist contributions to anthropology and sociology within the context of a handbook on philosophy of science. The first and most obvious is to simply catalogue the various contributions that feminism has made to each of these disciplines, in part through the increasing presence of women in these fields. A second possibility would be to note the changes in content that feminism has worked in these two fields, and, indeed, there have been many such changes. Using Harding's terminology, the “victimology” project of chronicling the various forms of neglect caused by androcentric science falls into this category. This approach is more germane to the question of how feminism affected the development of anthropology and sociology. These two approaches to the role of feminism in shaping anthropology and sociology deal only with the addition of women and women's concerns to an existing discipline, both when women are the scientists and when they and their lives become the object of study. Feminism offers something unique, revolutionary, or transforming for these social sciences only if it tackles the theoretical frameworks and methodologies that define these sciences.
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