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ERIC Number: EJ1160008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
Studying "The Political" in International Aid to Education: Methodological Considerations
Knutsson, Beniamin; Lindberg, Jonas
Comparative Education Review, v61 n4 p701-725 Nov 2017
The point of departure of this article is an apparent antinomy. On the one hand, there is the powerful argument in political theory on the emergence and consolidation of a post-political condition. On the other hand, research in international and comparative education demonstrates how conflicts and power asymmetries continue to characterize education aid. Attempting to move beyond this antinomy we engage in a methodological discussion on how to study "the political" in education aid landscapes with strong post-political features. By reviewing the two sets of literature, and bringing them into conversation, we extract five methodological tenets: (i) taking "the political" seriously, (ii) looking beyond face value when scrutinizing policy arrangements, (iii) exploring everyday wars of position, (iv) focusing on subjects and situated practices, and (v) moving beyond scales by analyzing connections across territorial entities. The article primarily makes a methodological contribution but ultimately the findings can also be relevant to the world of policy making.
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Language: English
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