Rationality, governmentality, natio(norm)ality: Shaping social science, scientific objects, and the invisible

Baker, Bernadette (2012) Rationality, governmentality, natio(norm)ality: Shaping social science, scientific objects, and the invisible. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 28(1), pp. 14-30.

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The discipline of education in Anglophone-dominant contexts has always grappled with a kind of status anxiety relative to other disciplines. This is in part due to the ways in which evidence has been thought about in the theoretico-experimental sciences relative to the ethico-redemptive ones. By examining that which was considered to fall to the side of science, even of social science, this paper complexifies contemporary debates over educational science and research, including debates over evidence-based education or assumed divisions between the quantitative/qualitative and empirical/conceptual. It reapproaches historical vagaries in discourses of vision that underscore the arbitrariness of approaches to social scientific research and its objects. A less-considered set of spatializations and regionalisms in social scientific conceptions of rationality especially are exposed through a close reading of the Harvard University philosopher William James' more marginalized texts.

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ID Code: 89914
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1942-2563
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 BERNADETTE BAKER
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2015 04:58
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 03:38

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