The insights of feminist theory and methodology are used to explore ways in which some of the limitations of sociological study of the Holocaust might be overcome. It is argued that if feminist insights about limitations of sociological inquiry in general and of women, in particular, are made explicit it will be possible to study the Holocaust as other than solely a part of Jewish History and to move its study beyond a specialized niche within academia.
The first section explores some of the explanations for the dearth of sociological inquiry about the Holocaust. The second borrows from feminist epistemological critiques of science to suggest how some of the current obstacles to the sociological study of the Holocaust might be overcome. The third section addresses the ways in which a gender analysis of the Holocaust leads to new ways of asking old questions. Version of paper given at annual meetings of the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, December 1995.
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Version of paper given at annual meetings of the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, December 1995
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Kaufman, D.R. The holocaust and sociological inquiry: a feminist analysis. Cont Jewry 17, 6 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02965402
- Feminist Theory
- Sociological Inquiry
- Instrumental Rationality
- Sociological Study
- Contemporary JEWRY