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Lecture 3

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCA01H3
Professor
Ivanka Knezevic
Semester
Fall

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Feminism - Both macro- and micro sociology - Patriarchy determines people’s opportunities in life. - Power structures and values, not biology, determine social position of males and females. - Patterns of gender inequality should be changed, barriers addressed, opportunities equalized - Disagreement about relative importance of patriarchy and other forms of inequality (class, ethnicity, race): - Maternal feminism (women are superior to men), radical feminism (women should be separate from men), Marxist feminism (gender inequality is class-based), liberal feminism (importance of legal equality). Post-modernism - Modernism (Thomson: Enlightenment) has not fulfilled its promise of rational, free and equal society. Therefore, all assumptions (rationality, universality, belief in progress) and results of modern thought should either be deconstructed or rejected. - Stresses the validity of subjective meaning: there is no truth about society (cf. positivism) and all perceptions/interpretations of it are equally valid. - Extreme post-modernism: society does not exist – only people’s perceptions and interpret
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