UNT SOCI 4250 - Ch 2 (29 pages)

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University of North Texas
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Soci 4250 - Gender and Society

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Chapter Two What s the Sociology in the Sociology of Gender Why do you need theory to understand gender Theory is central to sociological analysis People often have a working theory in their own mind about social phenomena including gender For instance you ve probably already formed an explanation about why people say that s what boys do or that s what girls do Sociological theory enables us to think more formally and self critically about how we interpret the world around us Questioning Gender A Sociological Exploration by Robyn Ryle 2012 Pine Forge Press So what is theory Theory is a set of statements and propositions that seek to explain or predict a particular aspect of social life They may be tested and verified experimentally Concepts abstract ideas Questioning Gender A Sociological Exploration by Robyn Ryle 2012 Pine Forge Press what is theory Why it s important to learn theories We may never have tested or investigated those theories in rigorous ways Theories about gender help Theories help us to figure out if our own perceptions and experiences about gender can truly be trusted Questioning Gender A Sociological Exploration by Robyn Ryle 2012 Pine Forge Press what is theory Help us get over our predefined concepts Confirmation bias is a tendency to look for information that confirms our preexisting beliefs while ignoring information that contradicts those beliefs Confirmation bias suggests that our own working theories of gender can serve as blinders preventing us from seeing and considering certain gendered phenomena in our lives Example A Sociological Exploration by Robyn Ryle 2012 Pine Forge Press Questioning Gender Gender in Sociology Like many traditional academic disciplines Sociology was developed primarily by white upper class European presumably heterosexual men Two main problems in early sociology of gender Men served as a proxy for all human beings Uncritical assumption and reinforcement of a certain gender status quo that confined women to the



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