Postdigital epistemic violence

Alison MacKenzie*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Postdigital epistemic violence encompasses a large variety of harms that occur through speech acts about the lived experiences of knowers from marginalised or minoritised groups in online environments using digital and smart technology. Knowers may be silenced, gaslit, trolled or doxed because of structural prejudicial stereotypes about their sex, gender, ethnicity, and so on. These epistemic practices result in the deflation of their testimony, and the inflation of the credibility of other speakers to produce dysfunctions in the knowledge economy. The knowledge of the powerful and advantaged prevail over other kinds of knowing, resulting in epistemic violence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Postdigital Science and Education
EditorsPetar Jandrić
PublisherSpringer Cham
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783031354694
ISBN (Print)9783031354694
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2023

Publication series

NamePostidigital Science and Education series
PublisherSpringer, Cham


  • epistemic violence
  • epistemic oppression
  • epistemic silencing
  • digital technologies
  • ICT


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