Feminist Standpoint Theory Revisited. Susan Hekman. I N , THE PUBLICATION of Nancy Hartsock. Sex, and Power changed the landscape of feminist theo. Feminist standpoint theory, then, makes a contribution to epistemology, within a number of disciplines—such as Dorothy Smith, Nancy Hartsock, Hilary Rose. Reviewing Hartsock: The Feminist Standpoint: Toward a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism. Hartsock looks to answer the general.

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The Feminist Standpoint

Their principal feminsit regarding feminist standpoint theories is that certain socio-political positions occupied by women and by extension other groups who lack social and economic privilege can become sites of epistemic privilege and thus productive starting points for enquiry into questions about not hartsocj those who are socially and politically marginalized, but also those who, by dint of social and political privilege, occupy the positions of oppressors.

However, this is not saying that those who occupy perspectives that are not-marginalized cannot help in reaching a shared critical conscientious with relation to the effects of power structures and epistemic production. The Sexual Division of Labour.

Standpoinh, standpoint theories share common commitments and approaches, which are taken as the focus here. Introduction At first blush there appears a tension between the traditional epistemological assumption that a general, universal and abstract account of knowledge and scientific enquiry is possible, and the politically inflected feminist claim that such analyses are only properly understood in the social contexts in which they standpojnt, and in terms of the biases and prejudices those contexts generate.

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Alternatively, a woman might simply try to imitate the traits, habits and practices of the dominant group while suppressing herself entirely. Generally, with respect to their commitment to objectivity, then, feminist standpoint theories can be understood as attempts to synthesize the elements that usually create an inherent tension in feminist and emancipationist projects.

Gender equity in the workplace—why are women so over-represented in low-paid and under- or unvalued caring work? Hartsock looks to answer the general question of to what extent gender is a world-view structuring experience. Those women also have to negotiate the contradictory demands of private and professional spheres.


Standpoint and postmodernist feminism remain opposed in this respect: What is a Standpoint? Though similar in some ways, Black feminist standpoint theory has many differences compared to the original theories of Dorothy Smith and Nancy Hartsock about standpoint theory. From there, the term slowly increased and gained popularity through feminist blogs. Yet standpoint theory remains controversial and its controversies manifest both between and beyond feminist scholars, as Alison Wylie writes, Standpoint theory may rank as one of the most contentious theories to have been proposed and debated in the twenty-five to thirty year history of second-wave feminist thinking about knowledge and science.

From Aperspectival Objectivity to Strong Objectivity: Acquiring Knowledge via Standpoints According to feminist standpoint theories, the process of achieving knowledge begins when standpoints stnadpoint to emerge. Earlier Papers Sally J. Stadnpoint social world and the value of its dichotomized elements is made and given meaning based on the duality that masculinity is dependent standponit O.

This led to the development of black feminist epistemology.

From here, the complex relational world which women inhabit starts based on their resolution of the oedipal crisis. A Matter of Language. This way of thinking oppresses as it constrains what can be known about being an African American woman. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

Indeed, as Wylie notes, feminist interventions in social and scientific enquiry have been successful in demonstrating how it thus far has not always manifested those virtues.

Standpoint feminism – Wikipedia

Black feminist thought is a collection of ideas, writings, and hartsodk that articulates a standpoint of and for black women of the African Diaspora. Rollins, meanwhile, argues that the bias paradox arises out of a foundationalist framework: Barriers can be maintained by making the other the female into a thing Black women, on the other hand, have a better perspective o different standpoint from direct experience and can offer suggestions to help other marginalized groups of our society.


Objective enquiry modelled thus requires trust—we need to fe,inist others truthfully to reveal aspects of reality. Black feminist thought describes black women as a unique group that exists in a “place” in US social relations where intersectional processes of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual orientation shape black women’s individual and thee consciousness, self-definitions, and actions.

Rutgers University Press, pp. The double vision afforded via the social location of women and other marginalized groups can provide the epistemic advantage of insights into social relations that are unavailable to the non-marginalized.

Feminist epistemological projects began as a critique of that tradition but have evolved beyond the critical to reframe and reconceptualize the problems of knowledge thw the epistemological project itself. Magnus and Jacob Busch.

Feminist Standpoint Theory | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

By starting inquiry from the lived experiences of women and others stanpdoint have been traditionally outside of the institutions in which knowledge about social life is generated and classified, more objective and more relevant knowledge can be produced.

Contemporary standpoint feminist theory perceives that it is “a relational standpoint, rather than arising inevitably from the experience of women” [8] see difference feminism. Patricia Hill Collins and Bell Hooks, for example, have developed black feminist standpoint hartsocm that take into account the role of women of color in slavery and in devalued menial and caring labor, and the way in which this oppression is experienced at the hands of nartsock, mostly white, women.

The Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader: Feminist standpoint theories emerged in the s, in the first instance from Marxist feminist and feminist critical theoretical approaches within a range of social scientific disciplines. Kenney and Helen Kinsella, eds.

Person A approaches a building and enters it unproblematically. They arise in specific circumstances and have real consequences.