A discourse on dating from a to z
For this reason, knowledge and power are considered intimately related, as there is power within the knowledge creation process, power in the hierarchy of knowledge, and especially, power in creating knowledge about others and their communities.In this context, all knowledge is political, and the processes of knowledge formation and of knowing have sweeping implications in a variety of ways.
He defined “Orientalism,” or the practice of studying “the Orient,” as “the corporate institution for dealing with the Orient—dealing with it by making statements about it, authorizing view of it, describing it, by teaching it, settling it, ruling over it: in short, Orientalism as a Western style for dominating, restructuring, and having authority over the Orient.” Said argued that Orientalism and the concept of “the Orient” were fundamental to creation of a Western subject and identity, juxtaposed against the Oriental other, that was framed as superior in intellect, ways of life, social organization, and thus, entitled to rule and resources.
For instance: “Language manifests itself not in the form of incoherent words or sentences, but in the form of a coherent text, from the utterances consisting of one word to the ten-volume work, from the monologue to the discussion in Union Square”.
units of a lower level (such as segmentation, classification, distribution).
Institutionally produced knowledge tends to be valued more highly in society than popular knowledge, which means that hierarchies of knowledge exist wherein the knowledge and ways of knowing of some are considered more accurate and valid than others.
These distinctions often have to do with discourse, or the ways of speaking and writing that are used to express one’s knowledge.These categories and the hierarchies they compose emerge from and reproduce social structures of power.