The Ann Oakley reader: Gender, women and social science

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This book brings together edited extracts from classic texts by the internationally renowned feminist sociologist, Ann Oakley.Many of Oakley's early works are out of print and this collection makes them available again. There are extracts from pioneering studies such as Sex, Gender and Society, The Sociology of Housework, From Here to Maternity and Women Confined, presented alongside some of Ann Oakley's more recent reflections on methodology, scientific method and research practice.The book illustrates how Oakley's thinking has evolved over a period in which much in the field of gender and women's studies has changed. Each section of the book is prefaced by Oakley's reflections on how her original studies relate to more recent research and theoretical perspectives. There are many points of intersection with modern debates about how (and whether) to 'do' gender and what terms such as 'women' and 'men' really mean.The result is a valuable commentary on thirty years' work on women, gender and social science methodology which will be of interest to many, especially undergraduate and A-level students, as well as all those grappling with current issues about the past and future of work in the contested areas of gender, women's studies and feminist social science.

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Ann Oakley is professor of sociology and social policy at the UCL Institute of Education.

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Ann Oakley's writing was the 'coming to consciousness' for many women in theseventies - the first analysis of the circumstances in which they found themselves. Oakley has edited her earlier accounts ... what is surprising and depressing is how relevant her analysis of the basic mechanisms of women's oppression still is. In the updated version even more information and debate has been compressed and organised into cool and cogent discussion. Professor Germaine Greer

... a very effective synopsis of her work. ... Oakley's Reader is a highly valuable commentary on her work on women, gender and social science methodology. Social Policy

Ann Oakley is one of Britain's most important feminist sociologists. She has transformed the way that we think about gender, housework, motherhood and methods. This excellent collection provides easy access to her classic works and combines this with an illuminating contemporary commentary. Sylvia Walby, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

Oakley articulately demonstrates the importance of her work to contemporary debates, from those about the validity of the study of gender and what terms such as 'women' and 'men' actually mean, to the nature and future of work. ... it provides welcome brain food combined with the warm glow of nostalgia. I loved it. SRA News

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