As a major theme of our Knowledge Action Inquiry, we’ll be examining ‘knowledge democracy’ and its relevance to our work on severe and multiple disadvantage.
We’re in the early stages of discovering and engaging with quite a well-developed school of thought which places knowledge in the wider context of an unequal world. We want to pose questions like who ‘owns’ knowledge? Whose voice is seen as credible? Which people and methods are excluded, and what impact does this have on our learning?
On a big scale, questions about knowledge democracy take in issues like colonialism and the dominance of a particular kind of higher education institution; in our work, this can filter all the way down to the lack of power held by people facing severe and multiple disadvantage over how information about their lives is sought, recorded and understood.
Our review on knowledge democracy will explain more – do take a look and let us know what you think.