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Navigating the twisted path of gaslighting: A manifestation of epistemic injustice for Palestinian women entrepreneurs

Omran, Wojdan and Yousafzai, Shumaila ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9136-4947 2023. Navigating the twisted path of gaslighting: A manifestation of epistemic injustice for Palestinian women entrepreneurs. Human Relations 10.1177/00187267231203531

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Abstract

What exactly is gaslighting and how does it play out in the gendered context of women’s entrepreneurship? We contribute to Stern's 3-stage model of gaslighting by presenting a contextualised perspective through a ‘twisted path’ of gaslighting that maps out gaslighting interactions and consequences, reflecting how our findings coincide with, depart from and enrich this model; meanwhile identifying primary and subsequent (secondary and tertiary) gaslighting interactions. By examining gaslighting through the lens of epistemic injustice and testimonial injustice, we explain why some women entrepreneurs succumb to gaslighting, while others strategically employ testimonial smothering and infrapolitics as an empowered agential strategy rather than a disenfranchised consequence. Considering the lack of research on gaslighting in entrepreneurship, our geopolitical context emphasises the role of spatial position and identity within multiple systems of injustice, such as occupation and patriarchy, adding novel insights theorised and grounded in lived experiences. In doing so, we disrupt the influence of Western feminism by embracing a postcolonial feminist perspective and promoting social justice through centering the voices of forty internally displaced Palestinian women entrepreneurs. Policy implications underscore the need to raise awareness of gaslighting, facilitate its identification, and promote preventive measures to hold gaslighters accountable.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0018-7267
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 November 2023
Date of Acceptance: 2 September 2023
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2023 13:34
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/163600

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