Silicon Valley Sociological Review


Drawing from Smith's own works and other scholars' analysis of her theories, we create a comprehensive review of the work of Dorothy Smith, including insights from her personal and academic backgrounds and her major contributions to the field of sociology. Specifically, we examine standpoint theory and institutional ethnography with particular attention to influences from Smith's own life experiences. In addition, we recognize Smith's transformation of sociology to represent those who are excluded by traditional theories and methods. These academic contributions continue to influence scholars around the world both within and beyond the field of sociology.