Epistemic oppression leads to academic dependency

Epistemic oppression leads to academic dependency in the sense that the inability of an individual to make knowledge claims leads to the reliance on already ‘established’ knowledge. And the perpetuation of this trend tramps upon creativity, innovation, and the reflexivity needed to establish a viable intellectual independence. Thus, academic dependency simply refers to the unequal structure that undergirds the production and circulation of knowledge within the global system. Therefore, the ‘big powers’ in economic and social terms are also the ‘big powers’ in the social sciences. Hence, the social sciences, which wereinvented and constructed by Western scholarship, have perpetually become another home of socio-cultural dependency.

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