Challenging anthropocentric analysis of visual data: A relational materialist methodological approach to educational research
2010 (English)In: QSE. International journal of qualitative studies in education, ISSN 0951-8398, E-ISSN 1366-5898, Vol. 23, no 5, 525-542 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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 nonhuman forces are equally at play in constituting children’s learning and 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 working upon the researcher as much as the researcher works upon the data, has both methodological and ethical consequences for research.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 23, no 5, 525-542 p.
anthropocentrism, relational materialism, feminist poststructuralism, research-ethics, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Karen Barad, Claire Colebrook, Elizabeth Grosz
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-53515OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-53515DiVA: diva2:390856
ProjectsFörskolan som jämställdhetspolitisk arena 1970-2008