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Lecture 2

WOMENST 2AA3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Metacognition, Intersectionality

Women's Studies
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Chikako Nagayama

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Feminist theory as a ‘tool’
“The master’s tools never dismantle the master’s house.” – Audre Lorde
“Every tool is a weapon, if you hold it right.” – Ani DiFranco
Central questions for Lecture 2
What is critical thinking?
Feminist standpoint theory, emerged from Second Wave feminism, is a mode of critical thinking.
What did they say about the dominant mode of critical thinking?
Which premises in feminist standpoint theory have been challenged?
Also, requirements for Analytical Response will be discussed.
Progress of thought (or not?)
Richard Giblett - Mycelium Rhizome (2008)
Modernism is characterized by movement from one point to another
Analytical thinking
Analyzing: Breaking material into constituent parts, determining how the parts relate to one another
and to an overall structure or purpose through differentiating, organizing, and attributing.
(Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Objectives, Revised by Lorin Anderson, 2001)
What is critical thinking?
A definition of critical thinking: metacognition; thinking about one's own thinking.

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“Metacognition is being aware of one's thinking as one performs specific tasks and then using this
awareness to control what one is doing" (Jones & Ratcliff, 1993, p.10).
Jones, E.A., & Ratcliff, G. (1993). Critical thinking skills for college students. University Park, PA:
National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.
Critical thinking in Feminism for Everybody
On the contrary, are there cases in which one is not aware of own thoughts?
Free-floating intellectuals
Karl Mannheim (1893-1947)
Ideologie und Utopie (1929)
Sociology of knowledge
Asserted that material conditions (i.e. class structure) underpin one’s thoughts by expanding the
idea of Marx and Engels.
‘Free-floating intellectuals’
academics don’t belong to working or economic class?
1926 United Kingdom General Strike
In-class journal questions: Academia as a social institution
(1) What material (social, cultural, political) environment is typically an intellectual’s work located
(2) What happens to feminism when it becomes part of the institution of academia (hooks Chapter
Rene Magritte
“The Castle of the Pyrenees”
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