The Epistemology of Resistance: Gender and Racial Oppression, Epistemic Injustice, and the Social Imagination

José Medina*

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Abstract

This book explores the epistemic side of oppression, focusing on racial and sexual oppression and their interconnections. It elucidates how social insensitivities and imposed silences prevent members of different groups from interacting epistemically in fruitful ways-from listening to each other, learning from each other, and mutually enriching each other's perspectives. Medina's epistemology of resistance offers a contextualist theory of our complicity with epistemic injustices and a social connection model of shared responsibility for improving epistemic conditions of participation in social practices. Through the articulation of a new interactionism and polyphonic contextualism, the book develops a sustained argument about the role of the imagination in mediating social perceptions and interactions. It concludes that only through the cultivation of practices of resistance can we develop a social imagination that can help us become sensitive to the suffering of excluded and stigmatized subjects. Drawing on Feminist Standpoint Theory and Critical Race Theory, this book makes contributions to social epistemology and to recent discussions of testimonial and hermeneutical injustice, epistemic responsibility, counter-performativity, and solidarity in the fight against racism and sexism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages368
ISBN (Electronic)9780199301522
ISBN (Print)9780199929023
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013

Keywords

  • Complicity
  • Epistemic injustice
  • Homophobia
  • Imagination
  • Insensitivity
  • Oppression
  • Racism
  • Resistance
  • Sexism
  • Shared responsibility
  • Silence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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