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ERIC Number: EJ830905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 86
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Emotions and Reflexivity in Feminised Education Action Research
Burman, Erica
Educational Action Research, v14 n3 p315-332 Sep 2006
The paper addresses contemporary relations between emotions, gender and feminist action research. Starting from analysis of the increasing emotionalisation of everyday life, it explores the quasi-feminist--or what the author calls "feminised"--forms of incitement to reflexive confession that are increasingly gaining favour within professional and higher educational contexts and draws on literatures and sets of debates that inform education action research, including: childhood and governmentality; feminist research; and international development critiques. The author proposes that reflexivity as an educational and research practice has come to stand in for, and thereby limits, the contemporary focus on "participation" to reduce its radical collaborative and action agenda and instead incite researchers to work on ourselves, and only on ourselves. The paper warns against underestimating the speed and flexibility by which neo-liberalism absorbs and co-opts creative strategies--such as reflexivity--for its subversion, and returns them to old-style individualism. (Contains 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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