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The Epistemology of ResistanceGender and Racial Oppression, Epistemic Injustice, and the Social Imagination$
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José Medina

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199929023

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929023.001.0001

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Resistant Imaginations and Radical Solidarity

Resistant Imaginations and Radical Solidarity

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The Epistemology of Resistance

José Medina

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of the imagination both in the production and in the prevention of social harms. Different ways of imagining can sensitize or desensitize people, creating or severing social bonds, affective ties, and relations of empathy and solidarity. Stigmatizing ways of imagining play a crucial role in facilitating injustices by distorting and excusing the suffering of some. But resistant ways of imagining can contest stigmatizations, and they can help us become sensitive to the suffering of stigmatized subjects. I argue that in order to develop pluralistic democratic sensibilities, we need to cultivate a resistant imagination that is polyphonic and experimentalist. I conclude by developing a conception of network solidarity grounded in a kaleidoscopic social imagination. The women’s movement is used as a model for the increasing pluralization of a public that has learned to develop a kaleidoscopic social sensibility.

Keywords:   imagination, imaginative resistance, pluralism, solidarity, genealogy, social imagination, Michel Foucault, William James, women’s movement, Iris Young

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