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Chapter 32—Standpoint Theory
- Assess your standpoint. What social group memberships influence it? Which are most influential? How would Harding and Wood measure your degree of strong objectivity? Do you agree or disagree with their assessment?
- For many scientists, “objectivity” is an absolute and binary term—in other words, someone is either objective or not. Discuss, then, what Wood and Harding mean when they speak of “strong objectivity” and “weak objectivity.”
- During the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, controversially said: “Hillary [Clinton] was not a black boy raised in a single parent home. Barack was. Barack knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people. Hillary can never know that.” Explain (or perhaps critique) his remarks using the ideas and vocabulary of standpoint theory.
- Select one of the following theories from earlier in the textbook: Uncertainty reduction theory, social information processing theory, communication accommodation theory. Each of these theories is an objective, scientific theory primarily developed by a Caucasian male. Discuss how the theory might have developed differently if it had been developed by a female member of a racial/ethnic minority.
- What do postmodernists mean when they speak of an “incredulity toward metanarratives”? Do you share their incredulity? Why or why not?<
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