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ERIC Number: EJ900801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Challenging Anthropocentric Analysis of Visual Data: A Relational Materialist Methodological Approach to Educational Research
Hultman, Karin; Lenz Taguchi, Hillevi
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v23 n5 p525-542 Sep 2010
The purpose of this paper is to challenge the habitual anthropocentric gaze we use when analysing educational data, which takes human beings as the starting point and centre, and gives humans a self-evident higher position above other matter in reality. By enacting analysis of photographic images from a preschool playground, using a "relational materialist" methodological approach, we put to work concepts that open up possibilities to understand the child as emergent in a "relational field," where "non"-human forces are equally at play in constituting children's becomings. In the second part of the paper, we discuss how the decentring of the child may also be applied to researchers as producers of knowledge. Such a decentring, where the data itself is considered to have a constitutive force and be working upon the researcher as much as the researcher works upon the data, has both methodological and ethical consequences for research. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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