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BLACK FEMINIST EPISTEMOLOGY Patricia Hill Collins
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Feminisms Many different feminisms Traditional feminism Radical feminism Afrocentric feminism Africana womanism AA women’s views of feminism
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Black feminist epistemology Epistemology – the study of philosophies of knowledge and truth Black feminist epistemology stresses: Use of language that embeds BW in the group, e.g., “us” rather than “they” Speaking from perspective of insider Relying on own personal experiences Citing few statistics Using voices of BW of all walks of life
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Knowledge Validation What constitutes adequate justification that a given fact or theory is true? Two distinct epistemologies confronted by BW intellectuals: Eurocentric masculinist knowledge validation procedure that supports interests of White males Afrocentric feminist epistemology
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Eurocentric Masculinist Process Process requires scholars making knowledge claims to convince a scholarly community controlled by WM Scholarly communities that challenge the basic beliefs of the larger culture are considered less credible EX: Knowledge claims of herbalists considered less credible than those of medical doctors
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Effects of Eurocentric Masculinist Process
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