Counterstorytelling as Epistemic Justice: Decolonial Community-based Praxis from the Global South

Urmitapa Dutta*, Abdul Kalam Azad, Shalim M. Hussain

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Abstract

In this paper, we present community-anchored counterstorytelling as a form of epistemic justice. We—the Miya Community Research Collective—engage in counterstorytelling as a means of resisting and disrupting dehumanization of Miya communities in Northeast India. Miya communities have a long history of dispossession and struggle – from forced displacement by British colonial rulers in the early 19th century to the present where they face imminent threats of statelessness. Against this backdrop, we theorize “in the flesh” to interrogate knowledges and representations systematically deployed to dispossess Miya people. Simultaneously, we uplift stories and endeavors that (re)humanize Miya people, creating/claiming cultural, knowledge, and political spaces that center peoples’ struggles and resistance. Across these stories, we offer counterstorytelling as a powerful mode of recentering knowledges from the margins—a decolonial alternative to neoliberal epistemes that maintain institutions/universities as centers of knowledge production.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Aug 2021

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Society for Community Research and Action.

Keywords

  • Counterstorytelling
  • Decoloniality
  • Epistemic justice
  • Epistemic violence
  • Global South
  • Miya community

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