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Sociology and Gender Issues

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Sociology is the scientific investigation of the rules and patterns governing societies and their evolution. When applied specifically to gender issues, Sociology is related to cultural anthropology, as well as social activism. The methods of sociology have been embraced by Feminists to construct a history and critique of the male patriarchal system as it exists across many different cultures.


Gender issues are directly related to how different cultures define what is male and female (Brittanica, 2007 [online]). According to studies in Sociology, some aspects of gender issues are found in nearly all cultures universally, related to the biological functioning of the male and female, childbirth, motherhood and fatherhood. Other aspects of gender issues, such as woman’s role in political power, voting, land ownership, or business may vary widely from culture to culture. Some societies may be set up on a matriarchal system traditionally, providing small scale examples of cultural relativism issues that may be applied in new social organisation methods through activism based in Sociology and its methods. Other Sociology topics in gender issues include the nature of gender in various languages, religion, and military structures. Recently, gender issues in Sociology have also been undertaken by gay, lesbian, and transsexual authors for insight and perspective into the cultural determination factors associated with gender reference and identity.


Gender issues have been a strong theme in Sociology since the time of the Woman’s suffrage movement in the late 19th century. An explosion in studies in gender issues by Feminists took place in the 1960’s, led by the Woman’s Liberation Movement (Wikipedia, 2007 [online]). Gender issues have also been studied in Jungian psychology through analysis of the unconscious archetypes and mythological structures. The Sociology methods engaged in by researchers in gender issues are also related to race and class by some authors. This furthers the activist approach by drawing in and synthesising a new political philosophy based upon gender issues and their critique. In dominant patriarchal societies and in some societies hostile to gender issues or minorities, this type of activism has resulted in social change, reform, and legislative revisions to institute new rights and protections linked to gender issues. Applications of these studies in Sociology and gender issues have had wide ranging influence with counselors and psychologists who also specialise in cases involving gender issues and their roles in sociology (, 2007 [online]).


Gender issues and sociology have been linked to activism in society since the time of the Woman’s Suffrage movement. Gender issues and activism may take different forms and strategies across different cultures to respond to the perceived forms of discrimination, domination, and repression found in a particular society. This has resulted in legislative change in many Western European states and the Americas pertaining to gender issues and human rights. These Sociology studies have the ability to educate those who participate in these gender issue based movements. Gender issues and sociology are one of the most popular areas of study at University campuses across the country today by young students engaging in activist politics.





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