ERIC Number: EJ800738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Reflexive Texts: Issues of Knowledge, Power, and Discourse in Researching Gender and Learning
English, Leona M.; Irving, Catherine J.
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v58 n4 p267-283 2008
This article provides a feminist poststructural analysis of the authors' academic labor during a State of the Field Literature Review of Gender and Adult Learning for a government-funded educational body. Drawing on Foucault and feminist theorists, the authors pay particular attention to how power seeps down through the system to our bodies in our reading, writing, and analyzing tasks. Using a critically reflexive framework, the authors first examine how government's establishment of knowledge centers and committees, as well as calls for proposals, and work as technologies of power to produce effects such as resistances. Then, attention is turned to their position as feminist researchers who have an ambivalent relationship to some of the field's record on gender and learning. In so doing, the authors interrupt the binary of good researchers/bad government and identify themselves as simultaneously complicit and resistant.
Descriptors: Feminism, Adult Learning, Researchers, Gender Issues, Power Structure, Conflict, Resistance (Psychology), Systems Approach, Literature Reviews, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Discourse Analysis, Writing for Publication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada