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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There is a consensus among feminist standpoint theorists that a standpoint is not merely a perspective that is occupied feinist by dint of being a woman. Harding argues that standpoint theory imposes a rigorous logic of discovery involving a strong demand for ongoing reflection and self-critique from within a standpoint, enabling the stanndpoint of socially-situated knowledge claims.

A dual perspective such as this, then, could form the basis of a feminist standpoint which would generate challenging questions about the social and political structures that engender the reality that black women academics experience in their professional and personal lives. Strong objectivity encompasses a sense of completeness and a lack of distortion.

But the inclusion of those experiences within a standpoint, it can be argued, runs the risk of occluding epistemically significant feminisst between women.

Marianne Janack – – Hypatia 12 2: Standpoint feminists have recently argued that individuals are both oppressed in some situations and in relation to some people while at the same time are privileged in others.

Sandra Harding, Sciences from below: Standpoint theorists such as Donna Haraway sought to show standpoint as the “notion of situated knowledge It has been one of the most influential and debated theories to emerge from second-wave feminist thinking. The works of Mary Prince and Mary Seacole are the more commonly known writings feninist. Gender equity in the workplace—why are women so over-represented in low-paid and under- or unvalued caring work?

This may be drawn back to the point from this femijist concept that men see themselves as the ones harysock have the power and are inferior when it comes to explaining things.

These assumptions are absorbed into the cultural ethos and structure social relations and hierarchies.

Nancy Hartsock, The Feminist Standpoint – PhilPapers

Whereas a perspective is occupied as a matter of the fact of one’s socio-historical position and may well provide the starting point for dtandpoint emergence of a standpoint, a standpoint is earned through the experience of collective political struggle, a struggle that requires both science and politics. The Sexual Division of Labour. What is Strong Objectivity?


Huber and the origins of gender inequality.

In becoming occupants of a standpoint, they also become knowing subjects harteock their own right, rather than merely objects that are known by others. Standpoint feminism is a theory that feminist social science should be practiced from the standpoint of women or particular groups of harrtsock, [1] as some scholars e.

Monday, January 13, Reviewing Hartsock: Hartsock posits that division of labour is just that, but when the sexual division of labour occurs, we can see oppositions and differences, which have consequences for the epistemology of that society, and leads to deeper structuring forces which lead to inequalities.

Toward a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism. Cambridge University Press, p. Feminisms, postcolonialities, and modernities, Raleigh: If the body is both irrelevant and in opposition to the real self, and is an impediment to be overcome by the mind, women must not therefore have minds, or their minds must be though to work femknist incomprehensible ways. As with feminist theories generally, it would be somewhat misleading to represent feminist standpoint theory as a single set of epistemological commitments or a single methodological approach.


Feminist Standpoint Theory

Heidi Mirza also offers an analysis of black feminist standpoint theory saying that new dialogues are formed out of the unique perspective of black feminist women.

Standpoint and postmodernist feminism remain opposed in this respect: Mansplaining also makes the male who is doing the explaining seems overconfident about the topic and makes him seem condescending.

Feminist standpoint theorists such as sociologists Dorothy Smith and Patricia Hill Collins, political philosophers Nancy Hartsock and Alison Jaggar, sociologist of science Hilary Rose, and philosopher of science Sandra Harding extended and reframed the idea of the standpoint of the proletariat to mark out the logical space for a feminist standpoint.

Following Marxist tradition in rejecting liberal assumptions that social and historical factors are irrelevant to epistemic questions, central tenets of feminist standpoint theories include their recognition of the role of social and historical location in shaping epistemic agents and their knowledge, and an embrace of that location as a potentially valuable contribution to knowledge.


In this essay Solnit did not use the term mansplaining but talked about the experience she had where a male explained a book to her, which she had actually written. Patricia Hill Collins, for instance, considers black feminist academics to occupy a position of potential epistemic privilege in so far as they are, on the one hand, insiders by dint of their position as authentic academics; yet, on the other hand, outsiders in so far as they are women and black, thus remaining to some extent decentered within the context of the Academy.

Sandra Harding explains the point thus, Only through such struggles can we begin to see beneath the appearances created by an unjust social order to the reality of how this social order is in fact constructed and maintained. This critical approach, Harding asserts, results in a stronger notion of objectivity than that achieved by traditional approaches to enquiry.

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.

Not all women, however, have exactly the same experiences. Part of the feminist version of the standpoint theory is a concept called mansplaining. For boys the central issue to be resolved concerns gender identification ….

Less clear on this point.

From there, the term slowly increased and gained popularity through feminist blogs. On the one hand, it is claimed that there is no standpoint-neutral vantage point from which to make judgements about the relative epistemic superiority of certain standpoints over other ways of knowing the world; while on the other it is claimed that marginalized standpoints are, indeed, epistemically better than the epistemic positions of the non-marginalized.

Magnus and Jacob Busch. Feminist movements and ideologies Feminist theory Feminism and society Feminism and social class Feminism and history. There are many different lives consisting of many different activities and many different social relations and, thus, potentially many different consciousnesses and many different standpoints.

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