Autography Establishes Vantage, can Promote Standpoint

Gornick’s description of life writing that reveals the “loneliness of the monster” and the “cunning of the innocent” is exactly the performance of standpoint, the portrayal of understanding one’s social position within the greater cultural hierarchy.  This inherently questions the assumptions of hierarchy. The point of vantage, on the other hand, is to establish one’s…

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…