Embodied and Emotional Knowledge of Oppression: Positive Contributions of a Relational Feminist Standpoint Theory

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Keating, Amy




This project is an exploration of how traditional epistemological methods have failed to or cannot make room for understanding the oppression of particular groups of people. My goals are explicitly feminist in that I aim to work to uncover these understandings so as to dismantle this oppression. With these goals in mind, I defend an epistemology that considers the importance of the social location of knowers. I turn to feminist standpoint theory as a theory that can address these problems. I argue that incorporating relational theory into standpoint epistemology enables us to pay attention to the various intersections of oppression and the ways in which we are shaped in and through the multiple relationships within which we are embedded. I argue for methods of acquiring knowledge that are held by groups who are oppressed and how this knowledge is necessary for understanding and working to dismantle systems of oppression.


Women's Studies




Carleton University

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