Patricia Hill Collins – Matrix of Domination   Patricia Hill Collins’ concept of Matrix of Domination is a model that provides the “framework to understand how categories of race, gender, and class are formed and then transferred into systems of inequality and oppression,  By better understanding how these systems of inequality are interlocked and connected.” Continue reading

Feminist Theory

Dorothy Smith is well known for her standpoint theory in her account of feminine sociology. This theory explains that what one knows is affected by where they stand in society. For instance an adult in the upper class may have a harder time coping in an economic recession in comparison to a working or lower […]

Feminist and Gender Theories

Dorothy E. Smith Dorothy E. Smith is a sociologist who challenges preexisting principles not many chose to address. She was one of few who acknowledged that the original ideologies in which sociology’s foundation was built upon was from the perspectives of middle aged white men. In recognizing this reality she developed the profound notion of […]

“The peculiar consciousness I practiced in the univerisity began to emerge for me as a puzzlingly strange form of organization.” -Smith

In “Institutional Ethnography,” Dorothy Smith explores the sociology of women’s standpoint in society through studying the women’s movement. Though the shared process of speaking about women’s experiences, Smith creates a Feminist Standpoint Theory. She also calls it women’s standpoint theory. She does admit to some flaws within feminist standpoint theory. She writes, “It fails to […]

Chafetz, Hill Collins & Smith

Main Points Gender Division of Labor and the Reproduction of Female Disadvantage (Chafetz) Chafetz’s central argument is that gender stratification is maintained and reproduced in society and Chafetz focuses on the notions of constraint and choice as being the chief factors therein. She defines gender stratification as, “The extent to which societal members are unequal […]

Matrix of Domination Sounds Like A Cool Movie Title

Review I can’t really contain my levels of excitement to appropriate levels because this week, I get to talk about feminist and gender theories…HELL YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I get to talk about some of my favorite minds of ALL time, including the incredible Patricia Hill Collins (going to have a field day talking about her), as well […]

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