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ERIC Number: ED442711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 60
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A Spatial Turn in Comparative Education? Constructing a Social Cartography of Difference.
Paulston, Rolland G.
This paper responds to Martin Jay's imaginative proposal to "map...scopic regimes, or visual cultures." The intent in the paper was to demonstrate how such a reflexive "social cartography," or heuristic device might serve to identify and visualize difference within and between disputatious intellectual communities in a way that would open space for all knowledge perspectives discovered and promote a useful visual and verbal dialogue. In pursuit of some provisional answers, 28 illustrative examples of visual culture in comparative education discourse since the early 1960s were chosen, and from visual analysis of these sources, four scopic regimes, or visual subcultures, are identified in the paper. The paper is organized into three sections: (1) "Visual Representations in Modernity" illustrates how the three scopic regimes of modernity [the technical rationalist (TR), the critical rationalist (CR), and the hermeneutical constructivist (HC)] have their own favored rhetoric and forms of expression, as well as utilities and limitations; (2) "The Invention of a Social Cartography?" presents a personal narrative of how the social cartography project at the University of Pittsburgh has sought to elaborate and implement a new social mapping rationale and methodology; and (3) "The Emergence of Social Cartography" notes some possible implications of the deconstructive perspectivist regime (DP) for current theoretical debates, representational practice, and new opportunities to reposition the field vis-a-vis the human science in the coming millennium. According to the paper, the goal is to suggest something of the utility of heuristic social maps as new ways to both situate and open representational practice. (Contains 58 notes and 29 figures.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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