The Brains Blog is hosting an online conference this month, and one of the papers, by Saray Ayala, is on structural injustice in speech. You can watch an 8 min presentation by Ayala, as well as read the paper, here.
“Explaining Injustice in Speech: Individualistic vs. Structural Explanation”
Testimonial injustice occurs when the audience deflates a speaker’s credibility due to the speaker’s perceived social identity (Fricker, 2007). Although this phenomenon has received much attention, a lot remains unclear. I identify two drawbacks of a widely accepted explanation attributing testimonial injustice to prejudices (e.g. implicit bias) in the mind of the hearer. I propose an alternative: a structural explanation that appeals to discursive conventions.