Epistemologies of Discomfort: What Military-Family Anti-War Activists Can Teach Us about Knowledge of Violence

Studies in Social Justice 4 (1):25-45 (2010)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
This paper examines the particular relevance of feminist critiques of epistemic authority in contexts of institutionalized violence. Reading feminist criticism of “experts” together with theorists of institutionalized violence, Stone-Mediatore argues that typical expert modes of thinking are incapable of rigorous knowledge of institutionalized violence because such knowledge requires a distinctive kind of thinking-within-discomfort for which conventionally trained experts are ill-suited. The author demonstrates the limitations of “expert” modes of thinking with reference to writings on the Iraq war by Michael Ignatieff and Fouad Ajami. Finally, the author turns to a newly active group of epistemic agents—anti-war relatives of soldiers--to examine the role that undervalued epistemic traits can play in knowledge of war and other forms of structural violence.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
STOEOD
Upload history
Archival date: 2015-11-21
View other versions
Added to PP index
2011-05-09

Total views
678 ( #8,199 of 63,346 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
15 ( #37,891 of 63,346 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.