Power Relations Shape The World And Affects How We Understand It

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Power Relations
Standpoint theorist understand how power relations shape the world and affects how we understand it (Rouse, 2009). Power is usually associated with a person’s dominance or physical strength. However, the definition of power in the context of standpoint theory is the power of institutions or groups. All major institutions have control over the world and how we experience it. Those within these institutions/groups have more influence and power over society and their views become dominant. When your experiences, opinions, and or beliefs become dominant you are supported by the majority therefore they are considered more valid, but are not objective or necessarily true. In fact, some of these opinions and or beliefs can be harmful or hurtful to a marginalized group. The institution of power would not see this as harmful because they are backed by society and they will never see that perspective, but from the view of a marginalized group, the decision that has been made is detrimental to the individual or group. Power in this type of situation is another way to limit another group 's freedom and or control. It can also be used as a way to distort or hide information that goes against the institution of power. No one within the immediate circle of the institution of power will challenge these ideals or opinions so it is harder to relate and see the perspective of someone other than themselves. It’s harder for them to understand the viewpoints of marginalized…

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