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ERIC Number: EJ861195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1871-1502
Resuscitating the Critical in the Biological Grotesque: Blood, Guts, Biomachismo in Science/Education and Human Guinea Pig Discourse
Weinstein, Matthew; Broda, Matthew
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v4 n4 p761-780 Dec 2009
This article draws on Bakhtin and other cultural studies theorists to understand the role of the grotesque as a libratory moment in biology education. Four examples of texts and moments are analyzed: Sylvia Branzei's "Grossology" series of children's books about the grotesque, observations of a pig heart dissection, a standard high school textbook, and zines by and for human subjects. Findings confirm a powerful social leveling effect within the biological grotesque, but limits are also identified. Specifically, the grotesque itself can become a form of social capital in itself, and thus the material for establishing new hierarchies. The paper also examines the ways that teachers and texts try to limit the leveling effects of the grotesque.
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Language: English
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