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The fashion model as pedagogue

Draper, Angela E. (2001) The fashion model as pedagogue. In Singh, Parlo & McWilliam, Erica L. (Eds.) Designing Educational Research: Theories, Methods and Practices. Post Pressed, Flaxton, Qld, pp. 83-94.

Abstract

This paper analyses the literature that investigates how the body of the fashion model impacts on young girls. It highlights how fashion model bodies are situated in this research as disorderly catalysts in the lives of young girls and, in doing so, will argue that this research is limited by particular epistemological assumptions about female bodies as disorderly bodies. It shows that existing accounts may too easily overlook the degree of precision with which young girls read the body of the fashion model. The paper thereby suggests that it may be useful to re-conceptualise the fashion model/young girl relationship as pedagogical work in order to account for the precise ways that young girls engage with fashion model bodies. Demonstrating that the fashion model is unthinkable as an effective female teacher, the work argues that it may be possible to think of her as an efficient pedagogue of precise bodily knowledge. Drawing briefly on accounts of pedagogical relationships in pre-modern history, the paper illustrates how the fashion model may be thinkable as an effective transmitter of embodied knowing.

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ID Code: 11655
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author. Angela Draper is the maiden name of Angela Dwyer
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Keywords: fashion model, pedagogue, teacher, young girl, young girl, learning, pedagogy, learn, instruct, teach, disorder, female bodies, precision, knowledge, spectacle, discipline, Foucault, embodiment, embodied pedagogy, embodied teaching, premodern, bodily knowing, bodily knowledge, pathological
ISBN: 1876682272
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Post Pressed
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:52

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