By Liz Stanley
Feminist social scientists frequently locate that wearing feminism into perform of their examine is neither effortless nor trouble-free. Designed accurately with feminist researchers in brain, Feminist Praxis supplies distinct analytic money owed of specific examples of feminist study, exhibiting how feminist epistemology can translate into concrete feminist learn practices.
The members, all specialists of their box, supply useful examples of feminist learn practices, masking colonialism, child-minding, homosexual males, feminist social paintings, melanoma, operating with younger ladies utilizing drama, Marilyn Monroe, data – even the writing and studying of analysis money owed. those certain money owed can be found on the subject of the location of feminism and of ladies in most cases within the educational international, and checked out within the gentle of discussions, debates, and controversies approximately feminist technique throughout numerous disciplines.
Feminist Praxis is exclusive in combining theoretical dialogue of feminist method with targeted bills of sensible study procedures. This mix of the sensible and the theoretical will make it a useful textual content for feminists accomplishing study in any respect degrees, and it'll additionally attract these drawn to the connection among thought, procedure and feminist epistemology.
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Lesbian epistemology in the work of these and other writers (for example, Jeffner Allen 1986; Hoagland 1988) is composed of a number of elements: of silences and closures, but also of determined misnamings of the ontological basis of lesbian existence; and, in addition, of a conscious and deliberate withdrawal of energy and material support from men to women on the part of lesbian women. It is out of these elements that comes a combination of contradictory responses. Shame and pride, humiliation and anger, and self-oppression and political awareness, underpin lesbian ontology: 'oppression' and 'liberation' mingle here.
This is what makes them successor sciences. The first 'inner tension' of the feminist standpoint position derives from its Marxist paternal discourse's emphasis on class and economy to the exclusion of sex and patriarchy. Its second and more crucial tension is that, once one 'feminist standpoint' is admitted to exist, then other and alternative standpoints become possible, and this in turn problematises the truth-claims of feminist standpoint as a 'successor science'. The existence of tensions within and between feminist empiricism and feminist standpoint epistemologies, Harding suggests, reveals their 'transitional' status.
Second, Zita describes Harding's remarks on feminist postmodernism as halfhearted, given she is a proponent of the position of a materialist feminist successor science standpoint. Third and most crucially, Harding's account cannot theorise feminist pluralism satisfactorily: she effectively denies the existence of a radical feminist epistemological perspective, looking at the proponents of the materialist feminist standpoint alone. Zita's argument, then, is that Harding's account is not the impartial review of epistemological possibilities it appears to be.
Feminist Praxis: Research, Theory and Epistemology in Feminist Sociology by Liz Stanley