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Dorothy E. Smith
Transcript of Dorothy E. Smith
Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions on human society.
Dorothy Smith theory was based on gender in society as she was a big feminist.
Dorothy Smith is a Canadian Sociologist born on July 6, 1926 in England. She was married to William Reid Smith and had 2 children, but unfortunately her marriage did not work out, so they got in divorce. Dorothy mainly studied gender in Sociology.
Dorothy Smith's Methods
Dorothy Smith's Theories
Dorothy Smith went to the University of California at Berkeley
She earned her PhD in sociology
The starting point for Dorothy's analysis is how our culture is constructed socially
She wrote several books on her theory
Under New Public Management: Institutional Ethnographies
of Changing Front Line Work by Alison Griffith and Dorothy
Dorothy Smith shows how social relations and the
theories that describe them
Must express the concrete historical and
geographical details of everyday lives
A method of Dorothy's was for analyzing how
women + men view contemporary society from
specific gendered points of view
Her work is in sub-fields of sociology, that include:
-Feminist theory and methodology
-Disciplines as female studies
Feminist theorists have contributed to these social changes to view more supportive of equality
Feminist Theories have made major contributions
and not just for feminism, but for society in general
Feminist theory has forced sociologists to reexamine
and revise their social theories
Data collection from different sources
Data analysis and the reproduction of
That she is a woman herself, which means she
has the experience especially in her younger ages
Sociology and feminism is what Dorothy Smith defines as "what one knows is affected by where one stands in society"
Under New Public Management: Institutional Ethnographics of Changing Front Line Work
-Alison Griffith and Dorothy Smith
Institutional Ethnology: A Sociology for People
The Everyday World as a Problematic: A Feminist Sociology