Ignorance, injustice and the politics of knowledge: feminist epistemology now

By Lorraine Code


Since the early 1980s, feminist epistemology has developed into a vibrant area of inquiry which challenges many of the taken-for-granted assumptions of traditional, mainstream theories of knowledge to work towards developing theories and practices that close a persistent gap between theories of knowledge and knowledge that matters to people in real situations. Here I will examine some of the more startling recent developments in feminist epistemology, where—perhaps improbably—epistemologies of ignorance and questions about epistemic injustice have made significant contributions to feminist knowledge projects. Together and separately, they expose the extent to which knowing is a political activity, while maintaining that it can avow its political involvement without dissolving into facile assertions that ‘might is right’.

Citation: Code, L. (2014). Ignorance, injustice and the politics of knowledge: Feminist epistemology now. Australian Feminist Studies, 29(80), 148-160

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