ERIC Number: EJ1021114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
Objects, Bodies and Space: Gender and Embodied Practices of Mattering in the Classroom
Taylor, Carol A.
Gender and Education, v25 n6 p688-703 2013
This article focuses on objects, bodies and space to explore how the mundane materialities of classrooms do crucial but often unnoticed performative work in enacting gendered power. Drawing on ethnographic data from a UK sixth form college study, the article analyses a series of "material moments" to elaborate a material feminist analysis of embodied practices of mattering. I argue that "practices, doings and actions" (Barad, K. 2007. "Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning." London: Duke University Press), while often hidden or taken for granted, are a constitutive material force in producing what and who matters within classrooms. By highlighting objects, bodies and space as entangled material agencies, the article raises new questions about gendered pedagogic practices. It proposes the necessity to rethink classroom space as an emergent intersection of multiple, mobile materialities, and argues that doing so is a crucial task for a material feminist praxis.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Space Utilization, Classroom Environment, Human Body, Feminism, Gender Issues, Power Structure, Secondary School Students, Interior Space, Gender Bias, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Ethnography
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom