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ERIC Number: EJ1088952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-2156-8235
May the Subaltern Speak? Researching the Invisible "Other" in Higher Education
Trowler, Vicki
European Journal of Higher Education, v4 n1 p42-54 2014
This paper, written as a confessional tale, explores the dialectic between the perception of the researcher ("how the multiple positions HE researchers simultaneously occupy in the field influence the framing of the research") and the reception of the researcher ("how the playing out of the researcher's role within the specific context--as an 'insider' amongst the 'invisible other' in a HE institution--was facilitated and constrained by the multiplicity of positions") and how this bequeathed both a multiplicity of levels of access and a complex burden of responsibility towards the data and its subsequent ab/uses. The paper reflects on a study of the changing class locations of "non-academic" "knowledge workers". Studying "the other" requires access to what Scott describes as "hidden transcripts", which take place within subaltern space. Endogenous research allows access but brings ethical, political and social challenges. Spivak claimed that the subaltern cannot speak; these study data suggest that even where the subaltern acquires the dominant discourse and learns to speak, subalternity marks their voice with "accent" which precludes their being heard.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa