Article ID: CBB000953760

A Few Laced Genes: Women's Standpoint in the Feminist Ancestry of Dorothy E. Smith (2009)

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This article looks at the feminist activism of particular women in the ancestry of the eminent Canadian sociologist, Dorothy E. Smith, and at the archival data that confirm the traces of their influence found in her theory-building. Using the method of interpretative historical sociology and a conceptual framework drawn from Marx called the `productive forces', the article examines the feminist theology of her Quaker ancestor, Margaret Fell, and the militant suffrage activism of her mother and her grandmother, Dorothy Foster Place and Lucy Ellison Abraham, respectively. The article argues that the household labour of the remarkable women in her family line became a `productive force' that facilitated her imagining of the feminist theory, `the standpoint of women'.

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Authors & Contributors
Keller, Evelyn Fox
Spainer, Bonnie
Haraway, Donna Jeanne
Fausto-Sterling, Anne
Lederman, Muriel
Bartsch, Ingrid
Journals
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Sociology
Canadian Journal of History
Women's History Review
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
History of Psychology
Publishers
Routledge
University of Nebraska Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Transaction Publishers
Howard University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Concepts
Feminism
Women in science
Science and gender
Sociology
Science
Science education and teaching
People
Benedict, Ruth Fulton
Mead, Margaret
Durkheim, Émile
MacLean, Annie Marion
Places
United States
Canada
Great Britain
Germany
Brazil
France
Times
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
21st century
Institutions
University of Chicago
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