Theorising of the Other talking back

Burnett, Bruce M. (2005) Theorising of the Other talking back. Narrative Inquiry, 13(2), pp. 433-457.


This paper serves as a provocation to researchers to refuse the apparent ‘safety’ of the objective and a-political, and to continue to work on the ‘how to’ of culturally sensitive research. This provocation works by means of an investigation into the uses to which narrative was employed in research into identity and difference in Japan. The research explores narrative as a means of generating, disciplining, dismantling and displaying difference-as-data, a process which insists on the difference that cultural difference makes for representing the Other — in this case the problematics of female Japanese university students being re/presented by their male Anglo-Australian lecturer. The writing/displaying of this data pushed narrative form to offer up fresh notions of ethnicity and identity — fresh accounts of a resistant Other. The study is therefore as much an exploration of narrative as a cross-disciplinary tool used to evoke the defiant speech of the Other, as it is a re-theorising of Japanese gender, resistance and power.

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ID Code: 7378
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: narrative inquiry, sociology of education, japan, resistance
ISSN: 1569-9935
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 John Benjamins Publishing Company
Deposited On: 12 Jun 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 12:40

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