Participatory Action Research : Towards (non-ideal) epistemic justice in a university in South Africa

Walker, Melanie and Vargas, Carmen Martinez and Mkwananzi, Faith (2020) Participatory Action Research : Towards (non-ideal) epistemic justice in a university in South Africa. Journal of Global Ethics, 16 (1). pp. 77-94. ISSN 1744-9626

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The paper explores the possibilities for promoting epistemic justice in a South African university setting through a participatory action-based photovoice research project in which university researchers worked alongside undergraduate students with no prior experience of doing research. The student voices are employed to understand how learning as capability development and agency expansion can advance epistemic justice in a university setting of hierarchical relationships that make participatory action research challenging. The paper considers how, in this project, spaces of epistemic democracy intersected with the expansion of multidimensional functionings, resulting in more epistemic justice for the student-researchers. The paper considers the possibilities for change through a participatory project toward promoting epistemic justice at the individual level. It also explores some criticisms of the limits of such individual development in the face of structural challenges.

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Journal of Global Ethics
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