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Epistemic injustice and epistemic positioning: towards an intersectional political economy

Bacevic, Jana

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This article introduces the concept of epistemic positioning to theorize the relationship between identity-based epistemic judgements and the reproduction of social inequalities, including those of gender and ethnicity/race, in the academia. Acts of epistemic positioning entail the evaluation of knowledge claims based on the speaker’s stated or inferred identity. These judgements serve to limit the scope of the knowledge claim, making it more likely speakers will be denied recognition or credit. The four types of epistemic positioning – bounding (reducing a knowledge claim to elements of personal identity), domaining (reducing a knowledge claim to discipline or field associated with identity), non-attribution (using the claim without recognizing the author) and appropriation (presenting the claim as one’s own) – are mutually reinforcing. Given the growing importance of visibility and recognition in the context of increasing competition and insecurity in academic employment, these practices play a role in the ability of underrepresented groups to remain in the academic profession.

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Bacevic, J. (2023). Epistemic injustice and epistemic positioning: towards an intersectional political economy. Current Sociology, 71(6), 1122-1140. https://doi.org/10.1177/00113921211057609

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 5, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 25, 2021
Publication Date 2023-10
Deposit Date Oct 28, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 7, 2022
Journal Current Sociology
Print ISSN 0011-3921
Electronic ISSN 1461-7064
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 71
Issue 6
Pages 1122-1140
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/00113921211057609
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1232239
Related Public URLs https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/pzsf8

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