Feminist and Marxist: Dorothy Smith receives lifetime sociology award

by: ANITA WATERS

 

NEW YORK – At a national meeting this summer here, social theorist Dorothy E. Smith¬†was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Section on Marxist Sociology of the American Sociological Association. Smith is widely acknowledged as a major feminist thinker, perhaps best known for her development of the concept of “standpoint theory.” Recognizing that knowledge and understanding are embedded in social structures, standpoint theory begins in a Marxist rejection of liberal claims of “objective” social research, and instead calls on social scientists to begin inquiry in social structures and processes with the standpoint of the marginalized.

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