ERIC Number: EJ1075284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Elite Entanglements and the Demand for a Radically Un/Ethical Position: The Case of Wienie Night
Gaztambide-Fernández, Rubén A.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v28 n9 p1129-1147 2015
Sociologist Colin Bell pointed out that sociology "can be easily seen as thoroughly implicated in the power structure of society" (1978, p. 25). One way in which this implication is expressed is the way that ethical concerns have become institutionalized and regimented. This article puts forward the argument that a true study of elites must be, by default, un/ethical because the taken-for-granted assumptions and common sense that shape ethical decisions protect those with power, including academics themselves. I make such a "radically un/ethical" move by discussing the story of a story I was not supposed to tell about a secret ritual at an elite boarding school. I invite the reader to become implicated in the story to suggest that the ethical responsibility to reveal the hidden dynamics of power and that sustain elites override my ethical responsibilities to the institution.
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