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CONSTRUCTING SOCIOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE: 25 YEARS OF SOCIOLOGICAL SPECTRUM (2004 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS)

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This address is a retrospective of the past 25 years of Sociological Spectrum, journal of the Mid South Sociological Association (MSSA). It is divided into three sections: some descriptive notes, a brief examination of challenges presented by previous MSSA presidents, and my recommendations for considerations of gender and globalization that I hope will appear in future research published in the journal. The descriptive notes contain a discussion of who publishes in Spectrum, what topical themes are found in the publications, and a brief consideration of how these themes reflect sociology as a whole, and particularly the MSSA. In the section on challenges, I discuss recommendations and concerns from past presidential addresses and whether or not subsequent research has “listened” to the presidents. The final section is a brief consideration of how gender is being defined within much of current sociological research and some recommendations for moving beyond these definitions, including integration with concepts of race and globalization.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02732170500256674

Affiliations: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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