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Sumi Madhok & Mary Evans

In: The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory

Part 1: Epistemology and Marginality

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Epistemology and Marginality
Epistemology and marginality
SumiMadhok and MaryEvans

For a ‘Handbook of Feminist Theory’, a section on epistemology is important for several reasons. Forms of epistemological enquiries, their resultant knowledges and the nature of sociality these uphold are central to feminist thinking not only because of their power to define who gets to be a ‘subject’ and a ‘knower’ but also which knowledges and phenomena are deemed valid ‘objects’ of study and consequently worthy of recognition, authority and legitimacy. Epistemological enquiries and processes uphold a particular view of the world, endorse certain forms of gender relations and assume a specific set of hierarchical social and political relations as standard. Therefore, in insisting upon uncovering the identity of the ‘knower’ and the nature of ‘knowing’, feminist theory ...

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