The Epistemology of Resistance: Gender and Racial Oppression, Epistemic Injustice, and the Social Imagination by Jos'e MedinaThe Epistemology of Resistance: Gender and Racial Oppression, Epistemic Injustice, and the Social Imagination by Jos'e Medina

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

byJos'e Medina

Paperback | November 28, 2012

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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 eachother, 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 participationin 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 socialimagination 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, epistemicresponsibility, counter-performativity, and solidarity in the fight against racism and sexism.
Jose Medina is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He works primarily in Gender and Race Theory, Philosophy of Language, and Social Epistemology. His writings on language and identity have focused on gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Medina's books include Speaking from Elsewhere (SUNY Press, 2006) and Lan...
Title:The Epistemology of Resistance: Gender and Racial Oppression, Epistemic Injustice, and the Social…Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 28, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsForeword: Insensitivity and BlindnessIntroduction. Resistance, Democratic Sensibilities, and the Cultivation of PerplexityA. The Importance of Dissent and the Imperative of Epistemic InteractionB. Resistance, Perplexity, and MultiperspectivalismC. Overview1. Active Ignorance, Epistemic Others, and Epistemic Friction1.1. Active Ignorance and the Epistemic Vices of the Privileged1.2. Lucidity and the Epistemic Virtues of the Oppressed1.3. Resistance, Epistemic Responsibility, and the Regulative Principles of Epistemic Friction2. Resistance as Epistemic Vice and as Epistemic Virtue2.1. The Excess of Epistemic Authority and the Resulting Insensitivity2.1.1. Epistemic Justice as Interactive, Comparative and Contrastive2.1.2. Differential Authority, Systematic Injustice, and the Social Imaginary2.2. The Vice of Avoiding Epistemic Friction, Hermeneuticalal Injustice, and the Problem of Meta-Blindness.2.3. Striving for Open-Mindedness: Epistemic Friction and Epistemic Counterpoints as Correctives of Meta-Blindness3. Imposed Silences and Shared Hermeneutical Responsibilities3.1. Silences and the Communicative Approach to Epistemic Injustice3.2. Communicative Pluralism and Hermeneutical Injustice3.3. Our Hermeneutical Responsibilities with respect to Multiple Publics4. Epistemic Responsibility and Culpable Ignorance4.1. Responsible Agency, Knowledge/Ignorance, and Social Injustice4.2. Betraying One's Responsibilities under Conditions of Oppression: Social Contextuality, Interconnectedness, and Culpable Ignorance4.2.A. Pig Heads, Burning Crosses, and Car keys4.2.B. The Social Division of Cognitive Laziness4.2.C. Blindness to Differences4.2.D. Blindness to Social Relationality and the Relevance Dilemma4.3. Overlapping Insensitivities, Culture-Blaming, and Gender Violence against Third-World Women5. Meta-Lucidity, Epistemic Heroes, and the Everyday Struggle Toward Epistemic Justice5.1. Living Up to One's Responsibilities under Conditions of Oppression: Meta-Lucidity5.2. Promoting Lucidity and Social Change5.3. Echoing: Chained Action, "Epistemic Heroes", and Social Networks5.3.1. Sor Juana In.s de la Cruz: Epistemic Courage, Critical Imagination and Epistemic Friction5.3.2. Rosa Parks: Counter-Performativity, Chained Agency, and Social Networks6. Resistant Imagination and Radical Solidarity6.1. Pluralistic Communities of Resistence6.2. Normative Pluralism and Radical Solidarity6.3. Epistemic Friction and Insurrectionary Genealogies6.4. Guerrilla Pluralism, Counter-Memories, and Epistemologies of Ignorance6.5. Resistant Imaginations: Toward a Kaleidoscopic Social Sensibility6.6. Conclusion: Network SolidarityCodaReferences