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Structural microaggressions for explaining outcome gaps

Akagi, Mikio (2023) Structural microaggressions for explaining outcome gaps. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Microaggressions are hypothesized to play a causal role in undesirable population effects such as racial health gaps, but the mechanisms through which this occurs are not yet well understood. I call inquiry about these mechanisms the “explanatory project.” I suggest that the explanatory project has been hindered by microaggression concepts tailored to be applicable under conditions of lived uncertainty, rather than to facilitate understanding of structural causes. I defend a pluralist, structural account of microaggressions from arguments by Regina Rini that, while appropriate for ethical projects, do not apply to the explanatory project.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Akagi, Mikiomikio.akagi@gmail.com0000-0003-0996-487X
Keywords: Microaggressions; Structural oppression; Conceptual engineering; Psychology; Public health
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Dr. Mikio Akagi
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2023 03:10
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2023 03:10
Item ID: 22632
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Social Psychology
Date: 2 October 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22632

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