The Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader: Intellectual and Political Controversies / Edition 1

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In the mid-1970s and early 1980s, several feminist theorists began developing alternatives to the traditional methods of scientific research. The result was a new theory, now recognized as Standpoint Theory, which caused heated debate and radically altered the way research is conducted. The Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader is the first anthology to collect the most important essays on the subject as well as more recent works that bring the topic up-to-date. Leading feminist scholar and one of the founders of Standpoint Theory, Sandra Harding, brings together a prestigious list of scholars - Dorothy Smith, Donna Haraway, Patricia Hill Collins, Nancy Hartsock and Hilary Rose - to not only showcase the most influential essays on the topic but to also highlight subsequent developments of these approaches from a wide variety of disciplines and intellectual and political positions. The Reader will be essential reading for feminist scholars.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415945011
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Harding is Professor of Education and Women's Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently the co-editor of Signs. Her work has won the Jessie Bernard Award from the American Sociological Association, the Critics Choice Award from AERA, and the Choice Outstanding Book Award. A pioneer in the development of Standpoint Theory, she is the author of numerous books, including The Science Question in Feminism and The "Racial" Economy of Science.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Standpoint Theory as a Site of Political, Philosophic, and Scientific Debate 1
2 Women's Perspective as a Radical Critique of Sociology 21
3 The Feminist Standpoint: Developing the Ground for a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism 35
4 Feminist Politics and Epistemology: The Standpoint of Women 55
5 Hand, Brain, and Heart: A Feminist Epistemology for the Natural Sciences 67
6 Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective 81
7 Learning from the Outsider Within: The Sociological Significance of Black Feminist Thought 103
8 Rethinking Standpoint Epistemology: What Is "Strong Objectivity"? 127
9 History and Class Consciousness as an "Unfinished Project" 143
10 Choosing the Margin as a Space of Radical Openness 153
11 Maternal Thinking as a Feminist Standpoint 161
12 Feminism, Marxism, Method, and the State: Toward Feminist Jurisprudence 169
13 Labor, Standpoints, and Feminist Subjects 181
14 U.S. Third World Feminism: The Theory and Method of Differential Oppositional Consciousness 195
15 The Project of Feminist Epistemology: Perspectives from a Nonwestern Feminist 213
16 Truth and Method: Feminist Standpoint Theory Revisited 225
17 Comment on Hekman's "Truth and Method: Feminist Standpoint Theory Revisited": Truth or Justice? 243
18 Comment on Hekman's "Truth and Method: Feminist Standpoint Theory Revisited": Where's the Power? 247
19 Comment on Hekman's "Truth and Method: Feminist Standpoint Theory Revisited": Whose Standpoint Needs the Regimes of Truth and Reality? 255
20 Comment on Hekman's "Truth and Method: Feminist Standpoint Theory Revisited" 263
21 Reply to Hartsock, Collins, Harding, and Smith 269
22 Strange Standpoints, or How to Define the Situation for Situated Knowledge 273
23 Feminist Epistemologies for Critical Social Theory: From Standpoint Theory to Situated Knowledge 293
24 Building Standpoints 309
25 Feminist Standpoint as Postmodern Strategy 317
26 The Subsistence Perspective 333
27 Why Standpoint Matters 339
28 Feminism and the Social Construction of Scientific Knowledge 353
Index 375
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