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Standpoint theory, which came into prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, is both a way of knowing and a means of accessing the knowledge that particular groups of people have about the conditions of their lives. Being both epistemological and methodological, the very nature of standpoints is controversial, and how one should categorize standpoint theory within academic literature and political advocacy remains contested today. This entry explores standpoint theory’s variations and foundations before turning to the ways in which it is relevant to intercultural processes and a global society.

Standpoint Theory’s Variations and Assumptional Bases

Standpoint theory originated with multiple theorists operating fairly independently, exploring the notion that members of groups that are marginalized and oppressed in particular contexts can have significant and substantial insight into the ...

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