Epistemic Violence in the Process of Othering: Real-World Applications and Moving Forward

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Abstract

From the work of Pierre Bourdieu on symbolic violence came the study of epistemic violence, which is at the core of the process of othering marginalized groups. Epistemological scholars including Kristie Dotson, Miranda Fricker, Cynthia Townley, and Gayatri Spivak have done extensive work on the theory of the phenomenon; it is necessary to analyze the classifications of epistemic violence through their application in empirical settings. Addressing three case studies of “othering” highlights the importance of greater integration of marginalized groups into the education system as the necessary first step towards eliminating othering by targeting epistemic violence at a base level.

 

 

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Allie J. Bunch

Allie J. Bunch

Allie Bunch is from Seattle, Washington. She will be graduated in May 2015 with a double major in Psychology and Political Science with an International Relations concentration. Allie has also completed the year-long general course program at the London School of Economics and Political Science. After graduation, Allie plans to make use of her academic background to develop a career in military intelligence. Allie has danced since she was three years old, and enjoys traveling to new places both within the United States and abroad.