Exploring epistemic injustice through feminist social work research

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Abstract

This paper explores women's experiences of assisted reproduction (AR) and epistemic injustice. Using feminist theory and qualitative data from a social work research project, I argue that the dominant discourse in AR is partial and inadequate and that these epistemological oversights are not accidental; the oversights are actively maintained to preserve power relationships and this constitutes epistemic injustice. Yet women are not completely silenced; elements of resistance and attempts to restore epistemic agency are also presented. The need for an epistemologically inclusive approach to AR and epistemic justice through social work research is reinforced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-177
Number of pages13
JournalAffilia - Journal of Women and Social Work
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

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