Standpoint Theory

  • Individual experiences shape our perspectives
  • A standpoint is the place from which we view the world
  • Local knowledge – situated in time, place or power
    • There is no way to have an unbiased view of the world
  • Situated knowledge – Knowledge is always partial but the less privileged have a more complete knowledge
    • Because they experience greater difficulties/struggles
    • The marginalised have greater incentive to understand other view points


  • Not just about what methods to use
    • Criticism of existing/historic methods

Agenda Setting

  • Can ask respondents what they think is important
  • What do they want to talk about

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