Standpoint vs Vantage

Standpoint is not automatic – it is earned.  It is the intellectual perspective of positionality within a social hierarchy (_________).  Vantage, however, is inherited or adopted.  It represents the narrow scope of social perception (not perspective) that an individual is willing or able to take in.  And note that one can take in a whole vista…

Classroom Collaboration – Trauma and Standpoint

If emotional abuse is prevalent in relationships, is it also common in the classroom?  Many people are unaware of verbal abuse as abuse – given the hierarchies of power in the classroom, one could easily see a perpetrator trying to establish or maintain vantage. Some hypothetical examples: Creative writing teacher feels that most students “can’t…

Can Autography Overcome the Cycle of Trauma?

In the PBS documentary on Auschwitz, they juxtaposed the interviews of an SS guard and a partisan to show how neither side (decades after the war) felt regret about having killed. The SS guard said he thought he was protecting Germany from the Jews, and the partisan was fighting the Germans. Clearly, the partisan (I…