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Standpoint Theory Muted Group Theory COMM 200 Dr. Gibbs 4/27/11
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Standpoint Theory – Overview (Hartsock) People occupy specific places in the  social hierarchy Individuals view social situations from  specific vantage points Vantage points that oppose those in  power become standpoints All standpoints are partial 
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Historical Foundations of Standpoint Theory
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Key Concepts Standpoint   = an achieved position  based on a social location through which  one interprets one’s life All standpoints are partial, but those lower in  social hierarchy have more  accurate  standpoints Situated knowledge  suggests that what  anyone knows is grounded in context  and circumstance
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Key Concepts Sexual division of labor  = the allocation  of work on basis of sex Domestic work viewed as unworthy of wages Feminist standpoint enables women to  identify domestic activities as ‘work’ with  ‘value’
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Have we achieved workplace equality? Top positions in business, politics, and academia still 
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Comm 200 LN 0427_handout - Chapters 27 & 28 Standpoint...

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