Franklin, Sarah 1960-
FRANKLIN, Sarah 1960-
PERSONAL: Born November 9, 1960. Education: Smith College, B.A., 1982; University of Kent, M.A. (women's studies), 1984; New York University, M.A. (cultural anthropology), 1986; Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, Birmingham, Ph.D., 1992.
ADDRESSES: Offıce—Sociology Department, Cartmel College, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YR, England. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: Cartmel College, Lancaster University, Lancaster, England, senior lecturer of sociology and women's studies, 1990—. Visiting professor at New York University and University of California—Santa Cruz, 1993-95.
(Editor, with Celia Lury and Jackie Stacey) Off Centre: Feminism and Cultural Studies, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1991.
(Editor) The Sociology of Gender, Edward Elgar Publishing Co. (Brookfield, VT), 1996.
Embodied Progress: A Cultural Account of AssistedReproduction, Routledge (New York, NY), 1997.
(Editor, with Helena Ragone) Reproducing Reproduction: Kinship, Power, and Technological Innovation, University of Philadelphia Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1998.
(With Celia Lury and Jackie Stacey) Global Nature,Global Culture, Sage (London, England), 2000.
(Editor, with Susan McKinnon) Relative Values: Reconfiguring Kinship Studies, Duke University Press (Durham, NC), 2001.
(Editor, with Margaret Lock) Remaking Life andDeath: Toward an Anthropology of the Biosciences, School of American Research Press (Santa Fe, NM), 2003.
SIDELIGHTS: Sarah Franklin is a senior member of the faculty of the Department of Sociology and Women's Studies at Lancaster University and has edited or written several books on reproduction, gender, and culture from a feminist point of view. Off-Centre: Feminism and Cultural Studies, which she coedited with two other feminist thinkers, is a collection of papers examining the British government of Margaret Thatcher from a feminist perspective. Angela McRobbie wrote in New Statesman and Society, "This is a most useful piece of work, even if it is a little unsurprising. And it may well be that we will come to understand the Thatcher years with a different inflection, as a time when . . . [despite Thatcher's conservative views] feminist issues forced themselves to the forefront and won a popular following."
The Sociology of Gender is a collection of twenty-one essays by feminist sociologists; many of the essays originally appeared in periodicals such as Signs, Feminist Studies, Feminist Issues, International Journal of Sociology, and Journal of Reproductive and Genetic Engineering or are excerpts from books. The interdisciplinary essays explore the cultural and historical significance of gender, in addition to definitions of gender based on nature and culture and the relation of gender to reproduction and sexuality.
In Global Nature, Global Culture Franklin and coauthors Celia Lury and Jackie Stacey examine the lack of the feminine influence in globalization, as taught by academics. The authors discuss how global events influence culture and nature, but how gender—which plays an important role—is absent in most globalization theories. Sociology reviewer Leo McCann wrote that "the book is highly readable and wonderfully presented. It is written in well-paced, fresh language, although sometimes its terms of reference can be troublesome to those not from a gender studies background. This book is an original and worthy contribution to a crowded field, which should push the global culture debate in new directions, and place feminist approaches onto the globalization agenda."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Anthropologist, December, 1998, Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, review of Embodied Progress: A Cultural Account of Assisted Reproduction, p. 1059.
American Ethnologist, August, 1998, review of Embodied Progress, p. 542.
Choice, July, 1994, p. 1683.
Contemporary Sociology, November, 1998, Maureen Sullivan, review of Embodied Progress, p. 654.
New Statesman and Society, January 10, 1992, p. 38.
Research and Reference Book News, May, 1997, p. 79.
Social Anthropology, February, 2000, Mary Bouquet, review of Embodied Progress, p. 84.
Sociology, August, 2002, Leo McCann, review of Global Nature, Global Culture, p. 779.
Women's Review of Books, April, 1999, Laura Ciolkowski, review of Reproducing Reproduction: Kinship, Power, and Technological Innovation, p. 20.