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ERIC Number: EJ1031108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 24
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ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
Spatial Theorizing in Comparative and International Education Research
Larsen, Marianne A.; Beech, Jason
Comparative Education Review, v58 n2 p191-214 May 2014
The authors argue for a critical spatial perspective in comparative and international education. We briefly summarize how time and space have been conceptualized within our field. We then review mainstream social science literature that reflects a metanarrative, which we critique for contributing to false dichotomies between space and place and oversimplified views of the relationship between the global and the local. We present some of the key ideas associated with the "spatial turn," including a relational understanding and productive capacity of space. In the final part of this article, we analyze the significance of new spatial theorizing for comparative and international education by reviewing examples of both comparative and educational researchers who are engaging with critical spatial theorizing. We argue that a possible way to confront binary thinking about space and place is by shifting attention to the relational conceptions of space, through analyses of networks, connections, and flows.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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