Philosophy ofSocialScienceAnti-racist &Postcolonialcritiques         Week 10
QuestionsWhat is meant by the decolonial epistemic shift?
QuestionsWhat scientific practices are challengedby anti-racist / anti-colonialistepistemology?What is meant by the decolon...
QuestionsWhat scientific practices are challengedby anti-racist / anti-colonialistepistemology?How is language used to cons...
QuestionsWhat scientific practices are challengedby anti-racist / anti-colonialistepistemology?How is language used to cons...
QuestionsWhat scientific practices are challengedby anti-racist / anti-colonialistepistemology?How is language used to cons...
Anthropology
Frantz Boas, 1895
Benjamin Disraeli
UNESCO
“Current biological knowledge doesnot permit us to impute culturalachievements to differences ingenetic potential. Differe...
Satpal Ramvictim of prison harassment
Subject of physical anthropology                       (1840-55)
“groups of mankind possessing well-developed and primarily heritablephysical differences from othergroups… national, relig...
Claude L evi-Strauss
Lisu ethnic group, China
Frantz Fanon
Hurricane Katrina aftermath
Civilizing mission
Black Skin, White Masks
Can the subaltern speak?
Orientalist art
Indian nationalism
Gayatri Spivak
39
Zapatista Woman          40
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This session will look at the politics of knowledge production and discuss the ways in which the establishment of the dominant discourses of legitimate knowledge relied upon the concomitant marginalisation of ‘other’ sources of knowledge. Mainstream approaches to the philosophy of social science have not, for the most part, been particularly concerned with the effects of epistemology on the racialized/ethnicized and/or the non-Western and non-white. This is because the West, as the location from which the majority of these viewpoints have been constructed, has either implemented a universalistic image of the world which proposes that it can be all encompassing, or because it has more directly ignored the world beyond Europe and the West. This session will critically discuss the emergence of ‘postcolonial studies’ and its positioning of the subaltern as the vantage point from which to critique these dominant discourses, as well as attending to the various problems present in such an undertaking, as identified in the writings of Spivak. It will also look at the problems of doing social research with or on ‘Other’ (non-white, non-Western) groups. We shall examine the problems of paternalism, tokenism, objectivism, victimisation and the intended or unintended abuses of power that can arise out of sensitive and highly politicised research situations. We also ask what a philosophy of social science would look like if it was purposefully dedicated to acknowledging the injustices borne of racism and colonialism and redressing them.

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  • Ar and poco critiques

    1. 1. Philosophy ofSocialScienceAnti-racist &Postcolonialcritiques Week 10
    2. 2. QuestionsWhat is meant by the decolonial epistemic shift?
    3. 3. QuestionsWhat scientific practices are challengedby anti-racist / anti-colonialistepistemology?What is meant by the decolonial epistemic shift?
    4. 4. QuestionsWhat scientific practices are challengedby anti-racist / anti-colonialistepistemology?How is language used to construct scientificcategories?What is meant by the decolonial epistemic shift?
    5. 5. QuestionsWhat scientific practices are challengedby anti-racist / anti-colonialistepistemology?How is language used to construct scientificcategories?What problems are raised by doingspecifically anti-racist research?What is meant by the decolonial epistemic shift?
    6. 6. QuestionsWhat scientific practices are challengedby anti-racist / anti-colonialistepistemology?How is language used to construct scientificcategories?What problems are raised by doingspecifically anti-racist research?What is an anti-racist / anti-colonialiststandpoint for research or theory?What is meant by the decolonial epistemic shift?
    7. 7. Anthropology
    8. 8. Frantz Boas, 1895
    9. 9. Benjamin Disraeli
    10. 10. UNESCO
    11. 11. “Current biological knowledge doesnot permit us to impute culturalachievements to differences ingenetic potential. Differences inthe achievements of differentpeoples should be attributedsolely to their cultural history.The peoples of the world todayappear to possess equal biologicalpotentialities for attaining anylevel of civilization.”!UNESCO Statement on Race & RacialPrejudice 1950
    12. 12. Satpal Ramvictim of prison harassment
    13. 13. Subject of physical anthropology (1840-55)
    14. 14. “groups of mankind possessing well-developed and primarily heritablephysical differences from othergroups… national, religious,geographical, linguistic andcultural groups do not necessarilycoincide with racial groups.”Juan Comas, 1961: 304.
    15. 15. Claude L evi-Strauss
    16. 16. Lisu ethnic group, China
    17. 17. Frantz Fanon
    18. 18. Hurricane Katrina aftermath
    19. 19. Civilizing mission
    20. 20. Black Skin, White Masks
    21. 21. Can the subaltern speak?
    22. 22. Orientalist art
    23. 23. Indian nationalism
    24. 24. Gayatri Spivak
    25. 25. 39
    26. 26. Zapatista Woman 40
    27. 27. 41

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