Doing Knowing Ethically – Where Social Work Values Meet Critical Realism

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This article focuses on the injustices experienced by already marginalised groups when they are excluded from participation in society, specifically within the realms of knowledge production and transfer. In this sense they are wronged as ‘knowers’ and experience epistemic injustice, either as a consequence of perceived credibility deficits or due to a lack of understanding of their situation. As a result, their marginalisation and exclusion grows. This article argues that a values orientation of acceptance, awareness and virtue, combined with an analytical framework provided by critical realism, can better equip social work practitioners and policy makers in identifying and understanding sites of epistemic injustice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-391
Number of pages15
JournalEthics and Social Welfare
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2019

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethics and Social Welfare on 26/03/2019, available online:


  • Knowledge
  • acceptance
  • awareness
  • critical realism
  • epistemic injustice
  • social work
  • virtue


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