This book explores the thought of Olive Schreiner, the internationally famous writer, feminist theorist, social critic, opponent of imperialism and nationalism, and analyst of violence and war, best known for her novels and short stories, articles and critical commentaries, and her feminist treatise, Women and Labour. Expounding her groundbreaking ideas and analyses to a new generation of sociologists, it presents Schreiner as one of the first proponents of an intersectional analysis, in her treatment of the great questions of the age – on labour, women and race – as mutually reinforcing and also bound together with capitalism, imperialism and war in society. Through an analysis of her use of different genres of writing in representing the complexities of social life and oppressions, the author reveals a combination of social theory with practical substantive examples and analysis at the core of Schreiner’s intellectual and moral project – an approach that put her at odds with her contemporaries but shows her to be a forerunner of present-day sociological thinking. An examination of the significance for sociology of the work of a figure, the importance of whose thought is only now being recognised, Reintroducing Olive Schreiner will appeal to scholars of sociology and social theory with interests in the history of the discipline, intersectionality and methods of research and analysis.

chapter 1|11 pages

Introducing Olive Schreiner

chapter 3|20 pages

The woman question: Labour and beyond

chapter 4|15 pages

Imperialism and capitalism

On the sociological agenda

chapter 5|17 pages

The world's great question

Race and racism

chapter 6|13 pages

The state, war and social change

chapter 7|8 pages

Decoloniality, intersectionality and the Schreiner theoria

A sociological conclusion