Successful collaboration begins with a shared language, hence the need for a glossary. This joint effort of contributors from several teams ensures, on the one hand, terminological and conceptual coherence across not only our theoretical approaches, but also the qualitative case studies and quantitative research conducted in OPPORTUNITIES. On the other hand, our glossary facilitates communication between the academic side of the project and the fieldwork conducted by NGOs, uniting our teams working from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Senegal.

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In an epistemic situation – which is the particular state a person is in, given her beliefs, perceptions, imaginations, and emotions – epistemic injustice can occur. First introduced by Miranda Fricker (2007), epistemic injustice addresses the idea “[...] that we can be unfairly discriminated against in our capacity as a knower based on prejudices about the speaker, such as gender, social background, ethnicity, race, sexuality, tone of voice, accent, and so on” (Byskov 2020, 116). Epistemic injustice is thus the systematic underestimation of a person’s contribution to knowledge and insight. In the context of epistemic injustice, the phenomenon of epistemic reduction reduces a person to a particular aspect, e.g. to the role of patient or to the status of a victim.

⇢ see also: Cross TalkEmpowermentIntegration

References and further reading:

Byskov, Morten Fibieger. 2020. “What Makes Epistemic Injustice an ‘Injustice’?” In Journal of Social Philosophy. 52.1: 114–131.

Fricker, Miranda. 2007. Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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