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Standpoint Epistemologies
Standpoint epistemologies

The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.

—Lorde (1984, p. 112; also quoted in Collins, 1992, p. 79)

Ethnography's sixth moment is defined, in part, by a proliferation of interpretive epistemologies grounded in the lived experiences of previously excluded groups in the global, postmodern world. Working outward from feminist critiques of positivism (Collins, 1991, p. 205), these frameworks have moved in several directions at the same time, producing many different feminisms, including gynocriticism, materialist, standpoint, psychoanalytic, poststructural, African American, empiricist, postmodern, cultural studies, and those defined as postcolonial (see Clough, 1993a, 1994; Collins, 1991; Harding, 1991).

United in their criticisms of “Eurocentric masculinist approaches” (Collins, 1991, p. 205) to reading, writing, and inquiry, these works propose to make women's experiences instead of men's ...

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