ERIC Number: EJ1025929
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Reference Count: 51
Historicizing in Critical Policy Analysis: The Production of Cultural Histories and Microhistories
Brewer, Curtis A.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v27 n3 p273-288 2014
The practice of critical policy analysis often emphasizes the importance of historicizing the present. However, there is very little guidance for critical policy analysts on the methodical production of histories. In this paper, I meet this need by arguing for the use of methodologies embedded in the production of both cultural histories and microhistories. I show how the historical narratives that are produced by critical policy analysts must be able to reveal patterns of long-term social interactions and domination, while simultaneously showing how people on a smaller temporal scale still disrupt and bend these social structures to their needs. Most importantly, I argue that using such methodologies allows critical policy analysts to practice a form of historicizing that explicitly adheres to an epistemological stance that emphasizes the social construction of knowledge through power relationships.
Descriptors: Epistemology, Policy Analysis, Social History, Power Structure, Critical Theory, Research Methodology, Political Issues, Cultural Background, Educational Policy
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