Rethinking the Hermeneutics of Health | Rendering the 'Visibly Invisible' Visible
Mr Alexander DouglasZoom
Diasporic b/Black people in the English-speaking West – both statistically-speaking and more – are the most frequently-recurring victims of epistemic injustice/violence in statutory healthcare systems. A profound problem now exists within the growing body of literature endeavouring to address any part/s of the above – the lack of interrogative perspectives regarding the (inevitably) culturally-predicated linguistic biases and presuppositions of not only subjects and objects of research enterprises but of researchers themselves. The ‘research interview’ framework is a ‘lived experience’ that should be questioned as a research method that is at risk of telling one more about the ‘researcher’ than the ‘researched’ whilst claiming to do the opposite. This paradox results in rendering the ‘researched’ not only ‘mute’ but also ‘invisible’ – because the subjective focus is on the epistemic prerogative/s of the ‘researched’. Fricker (2007) may have popularised ‘epistemic injustice’ but questions of epistemic agency and identity were being raised by Sylvia Wynter et al much earlier. Inspired in part by the postcolonial posthumanism of geographer Mark Jackson, the ‘postpsychiatry’ of Pat Bracken and the anthropologies of Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein, this explication will attempt to render the ‘visibly invisible’ b/Black healthcare subject visible – and theoretically empowered through a decentred hermeneutic lens.