The Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader: Intellectual and Political Controversies

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Sandra G. Harding
Psychology Press, 2004 - Social Science - 379 pages
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 the 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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Contents

Standpoint Theory as a Site of Political
1
The Logic of a Standpoint
17
Developing the Ground
35
The Standpoint
55
A Feminist Epistemology
67
The Science Question in Feminism
81
The Sociological
103
Identifying Standpoints
141
Feminist Standpoint Theory Revisited
225
Feminist
243
the Regimes of Truth and Reality?
255
Reply to Hartsock Collins Harding and Smith
269
Modern or Postmodern? Natural or Only Social Sciences?
291
Building Standpoints
309
Feminist Standpoint as Postmodern Strategy
317
The Subsistence Perspective
333

Choosing the Margin as a Space of Radical Openness
153
Maternal Thinking as a Feminist Standpoint
161
Labor Standpoints and Feminist Subjects
181
The Theory and Method
195
Controversies Limits Revisionings
211
Why Standpoint Matters
339
Feminism and the Social Construction
353
Index
375
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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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