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Unformatted text preview: May 26, 2011 Stand Point Theory Sandra Harding and Julia Wood Main Idea Our experiences, knowledge, and communication behavior are shaped in large part by the social groups to which we belong. These experiences form our standpoint (not perspective, but the way you view the world) Assumptions 1. Material life (or class position) structures and limits understandings of social relations 2. All standpoints are harmful, but those of the ruling class can actually harm those of the subordinate class 3. The vision of the ruling group structure the ways in which all groups are forced to participate (if I have all the power, theres no reason for me to understand you) 4. The subordinate groups have to struggle for their vision of social life 5. The potential understanding of the oppressed (the standpoint) makes visible the inhumanity of the existing relations among groups and moves us toward a better and more just world Key Concepts 1. Standpoint: is a location, shard by a group, within the social structure that lends a particular kind...
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