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Jennifer Lackey

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198833659

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198833659.001.0001

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When Freeing Your Mind Isn’t Enough

When Freeing Your Mind Isn’t Enough

Framework Approaches to Social Transformation and Its Discontents

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Applied Epistemology

Kristie Dotson

Ezgi Sertler

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, Kristie Dotson and Ezgi Sertler probe the transformative potential of framework approaches to social justice. They challenge the idea that framework shifts at different levels equate to changes in the social arrangements they aim to reconceptualize. Ultimately, they claim that framework approaches to social transformation have two limitations that include: (i) failing to lead to the epistemological ingenuity they often promise; and, even where such ingenuity might be achieved, (ii) leaving untouched the actual social arrangements that facilitate the circumstances under analysis. This chapter proceeds in four sections. First, there is an introduction to viewing social justice issues through epistemological approaches. Second, Dotson and Sertler explain what they mean by a framework approach to social transformation. Third, they discuss a framework approach to social justice by looking into framework approaches to understanding “political prisoners” and its potential aims and aspirations. Fourth, they conclude by responding to a potential objection for this framework analysis by assessing the “work” of their own framework analysis.

Keywords:   framework approaches, social transformation, social circumstances, social arrangements, epistemological resilience, political imprisonment, political prisoners, epistemological ingenuity

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