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(Re)claiming the social: A conversation between feminist, late modern and social capital theories

Franklin, Jane and Thomson, Rachel (2005). (Re)claiming the social: A conversation between feminist, late modern and social capital theories. Feminist Theory, 6(2) pp. 161–172.

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Over recent years, the ‘social’ has been reclaimed in different strands of academic debate. In this paper, we facilitate a conversation between three of these strands - feminist theory, late modern sociology and social capital theory - to draw attention to the problematic nature of the claims that social capital theories make for feminist theory and politics. We introduce two papers, by Lisa Adkins and Barbara Misztal, which provide distinct but related responses to the challenge of reclaiming the social. We point to three themes that they have in common, but which they define and respond to differently: the ‘social’ and the public/private divide; politics and the relationship to the world; and the temporality of social theory. We end with our reflections on the importance of this conversation, exploring how realignments in the relationships between theoretical and empirical concerns have the potential to reinvigorate the relationship between feminist theory and politics.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 1464-7001
Keywords: feminist theory; social capital; sociology; the ‘social’;
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 11700
Depositing User: Sandra Riekie
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2008 05:10
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:12
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