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Epistemic injustice and epistemic positioning: towards an intersectional political economy

Bacevic, Jana (2021) 'Epistemic injustice and epistemic positioning: towards an intersectional political economy.', Current Sociology .


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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Date accepted:05 October 2021
Date deposited:07 February 2022
Date of first online publication:25 November 2021
Date first made open access:07 February 2022

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