In her landmark 2007 book, Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing, the philosopher Miranda Fricker shows how individuals can be wronged in their roles as knowers. Fricker demonstrates that members of powerful groups devalue the knowledge claims of members of less powerful groups and, by denying the less powerful access to resources, prevent them from organizing information in ways that enable them to make effective knowledge claims. She calls these wrongs epistemic injustice. In this session, participants will come together as a learning community of engaged scholars to explore Fricker’s ideas and their application to the work of community engagement. We will examine how Fricker’s framework has been applied in recent scholarship on democratic participation and social change and consider its implications for transforming the work of community engagement. Participants will learn about the defining elements of epistemic justice/injustice, discover the potential epistemic and ethical repercussions of injustice for individuals and communities through participation in a story circle, and discuss how to promote epistemic justice in community engagement endeavors.
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