12.04.07 Tues - Outline Postmodernism: the feminist...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Outline Postmodernism: the feminist critique Collins: Black feminist thought The matrix of domination Situated knowledge Knowledge and empowerment Post-Modernism: The feminist critique Why Post-Modernism is helpful: Against universalistic, “totalizing” theories Social Criticism as contextual, plural, limited Opens space for feminism perspectives But: Postmodernism also hinders feminist thought Criticizes but without proposing any alternatives. Feminists are not just criticizing they’re also trying to create a more egalitarian society Feminists criticize post-modernists for making it difficult to have any systematic knowledge of the world. (EG if power is everywhere at all time, it becomes very hard to have systematic knowledge about it) Feminists say that the post-modernist viewpoint leads to paralysis rather than political action **Why might the postmodern critique of the Enlightenment project lead to paralysis, rather than action? -Pluralistic viewpoints, hard to know what to do. In contrast to Mill’s who had a systematic viewpoint of the power structure, which made it easy to act and create plans to change it Pluralistic (more agency) viewpoint than mills (more structure) viewpoint Collins: Black Feminist Theory Patricia Hill Collins (1948-) BA: Brandeis, MA: Harvard, Ph.D. Brandeis Teaches at the University of Maryland Usually the only African American, working class woman in schools, communities, workplaces. (May have influenced her theory by her being a semi outsider (vulnerable to stereotyping, but also gave her a kind of second
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 314 taught by Professor Mische during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

Page1 / 3

12.04.07 Tues - Outline Postmodernism: the feminist...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online