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Political theorist and activist Nancy C. M. Hartsock is renowned for her development and ongoing elaboration of feminist standpoint theory and her theoretical articulations concerning power and epistemology in Western culture. At the foundation of Hartsock's social theory are the beliefs that theory plays an important part in political action for social change and that social theorists must respond to and concentrate their energies on problems of political action as they arise in the context of social change. Her social theory works the tensions between theory and praxis, arguing that feminist theory must guide and participate in real-world social, political, and economic change. Her theoretical work examines relationships between theory and praxis, feminism and Marxism, and postmodernism and politics.

Hartsock's theorizing examines how we construct and ...

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