Women's Studies in Communication

Publication covering communications and women.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, Winter

Accepting the Challenge of Centralizing without Essentializing: Black Feminist Thought and African American Women's Communicative Experiences"
Black feminist thought represents one of several feminist standpoint theories. Collins' (1986) conceptual framework of Black feminist thought renders an insightful vantage point into the experiences of "ordinary" African American women, and the focus...
Is Art Imitating Life?: Communicating Gender and Racial Identity in Imitation of Life
This essay addresses the tension between standpoint theory and Black feminist thought by exploring the significance of a cultural artifact and the differences and similarities in its reception by racially diverse women (two African Americans and two...
Overcoming the Dichotomy: Cultivating Standpoints in Organizations through Research
Feminist standpoint theories are seldom used by researchers. One possible reason is the ongoing debate between postmodern theorists and feminine standpoint theorists. The debate has been constructed in bipolar terms such that the issues are perceived...
Style, Substance, and Standpoint: A Feminist Critique of Bernie Siegel's Rhetoric of Self-Healing
Using standpoint theory, the essay argues that Dr. Bernie Siegel's self-healing rhetoric in three published self-help texts reflects the experience and perspective of the dominant social group and marginalizes members of less powerful groups. The problematic...
Where Standpoint Stands Now: An Introduction and Commentary
Nancy Hartsock's article, "The feminist standpoint: Towards a specifically feminist historical materialism," in Discovering Reality (1983), is often described as the locus classicus of feminist standpoint theory. Although there were other scholars...
Women Managers and Gendered Values
In this study we interviewed 30 women managers to better understand ways in which they experience gendered values and behavior in organizational leadership and their responses to those experiences. The results, based on a constant comparison, thematic...