Both women sociologists and Du Bois espoused a "standpoint theory."  What does standpoint theory mean in terms of the theoretical work of women and minorities? 

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The main way that standpoint theory is applied to issues of concern to women is through feminist standpoint theory, which grows out of W. E. B. Du Bois's formulation. Standpoint is one aspect of situated knowledge, which emphasizes the contexts of knowledge production rather than consider knowledge as an abstraction that is equally acquired in all contexts. Du Bois has been especially influential through the idea of dual or "bifurcated" consciousness, seeing things from the perspectives of both the dominant and the oppressed so as to enable comparative evaluation of both perspectives.

Standpoint theories emphasize multiple perspectives and acknowledge that some are privileged over others. Identifying the social location of those privileged perspectives is one key step. Inverting that proposition, standpoint theory identifies perspectives of disadvantaged peoples and shows how and why they differ from the dominant classes. Emphasizing the standpoints of the disadvantaged serves to...

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