Journal of Family Theory & Review
Using Audre Lorde's The Master's Tools as an epistemic guide, we propose two practice interventions for family science (FS) transformative praxes. The first, inspired by the thought of philosopher Charles Mills, challenges FS practitioners (research, practice, and policy) to explore differences in peripheral and positivist & post‐positivist (P&PP) ideologies responsible for differences in beliefs regarding the salience or non‐salience of power differentials within FS. The second, inspired by the thought of philosopher Rudolph Carnap, encourages FS practitioners to consider differences in peripheral and P&PP practitioners' understandings of what FS is at its core, and the beliefs and actions guided by their divergent core understandings. Both revelatory practices are intended to transform FS in such a way that its praxes are informed by these ways of practicing, and so that embodied understandings of the importance of pursuing anti‐racist and social justice objectives within FS become manifest.
Original Publication Citation
Jones, J., Hunter, A. G., & Tarver, S. Z. (2022). Dismantling the master's house: Epistemological tensions and revelatory interventions for reimagining a transformational family science. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 14(3), 318-340. https://doi.org/10.1111/jftr.12473
Jones, Janine; Hunter, Andrea G.; and Tarver, Shuntay Z., "Dismantling the Master's House: Epistemological Tensions and Revelatory Interventions for Reimagining a Transformational Family Science" (2022). Counseling & Human Services Faculty Publications. 86.