Dorothy E. Smith

Dorothy Edith Smith CM (née Place; 6 July 1926 – 3 June 2022) was a British-born Canadian ethnographer, feminist studies scholar, sociologist, and writer with research interests in a variety of disciplines, including women's studies, feminist theory, psychology, and educational studies, as well as in certain subfields of sociology, such as the sociology of knowledge, family studies, and methodology. Smith founded the sociological sub-disciplines of feminist standpoint theory and institutional ethnography.

Dorothy E. Smith

Dorothy Edith Place

(1926-07-06)6 July 1926
Died3 June 2022(2022-06-03) (aged 95)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
London School of Economics
Academic work
Main interestsFeminist studies, sociology, educational studies, sociology, social anthropology, psychology, ethnography
Notable works
  • Institutional Ethnography: A Sociology for People
  • The Conceptual Practices of Power: A Feminist Sociology of Knowledge
  • The Everyday World as Problematic: A Feminist Sociology
Notable ideasInstitutional ethnography, ruling relations, feminist standpoint theory, bifurcation of consciousness

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