Theory Key Names
Annotated list of scholars and terms, from the Instructors Manual and margin notes in the text
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Chapter 32—Standpoint Theory
- Sandra Harding
- A philosopher of science at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has most advanced standpoint theory among feminist scholars.
- Julia Wood
- Professor emeritus of communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who has championed and applied standpoint theory within the field of communication.
- Social location
- Our group memberships that shape our experience of the world and our ways of understanding it.
- A perspective achieved through critical reflection on power relations and their consequences that opposes the status quo.
- Georg Hegel
- German philosopher whose 1807 analysis of the master-slave relationship revealed that what people “know” depends upon which group they are in and that the powerful control received knowledge.
- Jean-Francois Lyotard
- Previously introduced in the Media and Culture introduction, a postmodernist who favors a stance of “incredulity toward metanarratives,” including Enlightenment rationality and Western science.
- Local knowledge
- Knowledge situated in time, place, experience, and relative power; as opposed to knowledge from nowhere that’s supposedly value free.
- Strong objectivity
- The strategy of starting research from the lives of women and other marginalized groups; thus providing a less false view of reality.
- Patricia Hill Collins
- African American sociologist at University of Maryland who claims the patterns of “intersecting oppressions” means that black women are in a different marginalized place in society than white women or black men.
- Seyla Benhabib
- Professor of political science and philosophy at Yale University who maintains that a universal ethical standard is a viable possibility.
- All aspects of a person’s identity are intertwined, mutually constituting each other.
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