Epistemic Injustice, Social Studies, and Moral Sensitivity

Merzifonluoglu S., Hamarat E.

Ethics and Education, vol.17, no.4, pp.403-420, 2022 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/17449642.2022.2153469
  • Journal Name: Ethics and Education
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), Philosopher's Index, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.403-420
  • Keywords: Epistemic injustice, interpretive resources, moral sensitivity, social studies
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


© 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.There is growing interest in epistemic injustice and its connection to education. However, the relation between social studies and epistemic injustice has not yet been adequately explored and this topic has been given insufficient attention by social studies educators. But it is regarded as an important resource for students who are socially disadvantaged to render their experiences intelligible. However, due to its unique status, it has also been an effective tool for those who are in power and want to maintain social inequalities. For that reason, social studies is the subject most likely to give rise to epistemic injustice in the classroom. In this paper, we address this issue that is currently coming to the fore in social studies. We argue that cultivating moral sensitivity plays a substantive role in overcoming epistemic injustice and this cultivation comes with shaping student’s schemas by integrating the interpretive resources into social studies.