Social Construction of History

Our society has been created on the ideas and views of men and continued on thru a patriarcial set up since the early foundations. The discipline of sociology is no expection and has been heavily influenced by the male thinker. From the early beginnings men have had the privilege of education which has greatly contributed to the amount of published sociological literature that is available from a male theorist. Alongside this education is the status afforded to the men in our society and the more weight their ideas and theorys are given. Many of the early women sociologists were not deemed true “sociologists” and therefore most of their thinking was written off or not given much attention. If the core theory textbooks were equitably reflected in gender they would most likely be  a complete opposite picture of what we read today. Only the most important, well known male theorists are given the highlight in core theory textbooks and because of male dominance in society they overshadow the women in history. If the textbooks were equally distributed it might allow us the insight into women who are well known in history and perhaps give a different perspective on the male theorists and their ideas.

One Response to Social Construction of History

  1. kmarsh says:

    I like your idea about a “different perspective on men theorists and their ideas.” Would like to hear more about this.
    Need to think through your point that women theorists were “written off or not given much attention.” This is basically right, but it matters that they were identified as sociologists and worked as sociologists at the time. So, not just marginalized or invisible, but ‘written out.’ This would be a good place to bring in Lengerman and Neibrugge’s work–use them and credit them. We wouldn’t know all this about early women theorists if it weren’t for these scholars who worked to write them “back in.”

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