On the Edge of Knowing: Microaggression and Epistemic Uncertainty as a Woman of Color

Chapter Author(s) Saba Fatima
Book/Edited Volume TitleSurviving Sexism in Academia: Strategies for Feminist Leadership
Editor(s)Kirsti Cole; Holly Hassel
AbstractThe precise nature of microaggression purposely obscures the exploration of the intentionality of perpetrator and the quantification of the harm committed. The act fits neatly into a system that privileges some and validates their reality to themselves and to us. This chapter explores the epistemic borders of experiences of paranoia and of being secure in one’s perception of reality. The author focuses on social conditions within academia for faculty of color, where they often experience attributional ambiguity, lose epistemic credibility in the eyes of those who hold power over their careers, and examines how all of this impacts their ability to speak about their experiences with an expectation of being understood by their colleagues.
KeywordsWomen of color, microaggression, paranoia
Date Published 2017
Google Scholar Linkhttps://scholar.google.com/scholar?cluster=6402735221627744792&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5
Open Access?Yes

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