Rethinking standpoint epistemology: what is strong objectivity created date: 20160731231728z. Standpoint theory emerged in the 1970s and 1980s as a feminist critical theory about relations between the production of knowledge and practices of power it was intended to explain the surprising successes of emerging feminist re. Feminist standpoint theory has been one of the most distinctive and debated contributions of contemporary feminist thought to the theory of knowledge while some feminist theorists extend its range to natural phenomena, the theory was developed in a social science. The aim of the article is to further assess and develop feminist standpoint theory by introducing the notion of the `situated imagination' as constituting an important part of this theory as well as that of `situated knowledge.
Standpoint theory a standpoint is a place from which we view the world that determines what we focus on as well as what we don’t know the standpoint is a specific location in time and space that determines how one sees the world. Feminist standpoint theory emphasizes that women and men typically have different social positions and experiences women are, by and large, underprivileged relative to men and experience reality through work in ways men often do not. Some feminist scholars contend that harding's version of standpoint theory underestimates the role of language, which is influenced by society and culture and which cannot be separated from standpoint.
The standpoint theory focuses on gender perception focusing on to the feminist viewpoints sandra harding and nancy hartsock developed the stand point theory through the book “the feminist stand point: developing ground for a specifically feminist historical materialism. As a feminist philosopher of science, ucla education professor sandra harding has examined strong objectivity, standpoint methodologies, and postcolonial and feminist science and technology studies. Standpoint feminism has also become more nuanced, and pro- ponents have distanced themselves from interpretations of standpoint claims that would clearly distinguish them from feminist empiricists (harding 1993. Standpoint theory is a postmodern method for analyzing inter-subjective discoursesthis theory concerns the authority generated by people's knowledge and the power such authority has to shape people's opinions in daily life. Standpoint feminism is a position taken by feminist theorists that places knowledge at the nucleus of research it agues for, a specifically woman’s epistemological standpoint(assiter, 1996.
Abstract feminist standpoint theory has important implications for science education the paper focuses on difficulties in standpoint theory, mostly regarding the assumptions that different social positions produce different types of knowledge, and that epistemic advantages that women might enjoy are always effective and significant. Feminist standpoint theory is indeed a critical theory, but in many ways, expresses and embodies a critique of other mainstream theories and approaches to research the critique begins with the observation that most research in the past has been founded in a common perspective: that of the white, middle-class male. Hegel’s master-slave dialectic and phenomenological subject reveal contradictions that cannot be resolved by an opposing feminist standpoint, and may provide resources that resist the rigid gender categories upon which the standpoint depends.
Some versions of feminist standpoint theory have had difficulty accounting for the coherence of a feminist standpoint while acknowledging that women are variously situated and do not experience gender oppression (or any particular form of oppression) in the same way. As feminist standpoint theory developed, it focused more on the political nature of the standpoint, and it has attempted to attend to the diversity of women by incorporating the standpoints of other marginalized groups like those of black women. Sociology 319 – contemporary social theories march 22, 2006 feminist standpoint theory – dorothy smith 1 overview feminists have often argued that social science disciplines have been constructed by men, with a male-oriented view of the world, one that examines only the issues in the male, public social world from this critique, one way to correct this male-oriented analysis could. Feminist epistemology feminist epistemology is an outgrowth of both feminist theorizing about gender and traditional epistemological concerns feminist epistemology is a loosely organized approach to epistemology, rather than a particular school or theoryits diversity mirrors the diversity of epistemology generally, as well as the diversity of theoretical positions that constitute the fields.
Feminist standpoint theory feminist standpoint theory is a specific formulation of the broader standpoint theory all formulations of standpoint theory contend that a standpoint arises when an individual recognizes and challenges cultural values. Feminist standpoint theory has done well to give an account of how systemic and epistemic injustices are perpetuated and maintained along with these accounts, there is an underlying hope that with a better understanding of injustice, we can better forage a method for coalition building. Feminist standpoint theory feminist standpoint theorists make three principal claims: (1) knowledge is socially situated (2) marginalized groups are socially situated in ways that make it more possible for them to be aware of things and ask questions than it is for the non-marginalized. Dorothy smith’s development of standpoint theory was a key innovation in sociology that enabled these issues to be seen and addressed in a systematic way (smith 1977) she recognized from the consciousness-raising exercises and encounter groups initiated by feminists in the 1960s and 1970s that many of the immediate concerns expressed by.