Researching Violence, Democracy and the Rights of People

Researching Violence, Democracy and the Rights of People

by John Schostak
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415478782

ISBN-13: 9780415478786

Pub. Date: 11/26/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Violence, democracy and rights are issues that are not fully addressed in research methodology literatures, yet violence is of vital interest in substantive and theoretical debates across the social sciences, education, philosophy, politics and cultural studies. Methodology needs to be informed by, and be relevant to, the debates and practices within and across

Overview

Violence, democracy and rights are issues that are not fully addressed in research methodology literatures, yet violence is of vital interest in substantive and theoretical debates across the social sciences, education, philosophy, politics and cultural studies. Methodology needs to be informed by, and be relevant to, the debates and practices within and across these perspectives oh the worlds of everyday life.

Research is fundamentally entwined with the political, the ethical and the legal. When it presumes the neutrality of method and ignores its radical roots of inquiry, it is in danger of being politically co-opted and ethically naive. Research that reveals what is at stake politically, ethically and legally is typically open to accusations of being partisan and therefore political. It cannot avoid being political in the broadest sense of the word, and, consequently, the researcher cannot escape through some mystical notion of being objective the political, ethical and legal consequences of undertaking research.

Research is vital to the construction of public spaces for debate, decision making and action. Hence, there is a close relationship between methodological practices, research design and the conditions under which violence, democracy and rights can be addressed.

Researching Violence, Democracy and the Rights of People explores what is at stake methodologically (both theoretically and practically) for researchers seeking to expand opportunities for people to become visible upon the public stages of debate, decision making and action, and thus make audible their experiences of wrongs and injustices, express their rights and engage democratically in processes of change.

Drawing on international contributions and contexts, this book introduces readers to the complex realities of real research and the substantive issues that their methodological approaches strive to deal with. It will benefit undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as postdoctoral and experienced researchers across a range of cultural and social science disciplines, and educational and sociological researchers. Its aim is to explore and contribute to the development of innovatory approaches to engaging in research that make a difference in the lives of people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415478786
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/26/2009
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of editors viii

List of contributors ix

Introduction 1

Part A Design, values, violence and rights 9

1 Values, violence and rights Jill Schostak John F. Schostak 11

Part B Research accounts 23

Introduction to Part B 24

2 Rethinking justice in education and training Jean-Louis Derouet 25

Reflections on Derouet's chapter 41

3 Between justice and pathologization: juxtapositions of epistemic and material violence in transnational migration and domestic violence research Erica Burman 42

Reflections on Burman's chapter 60

Methodological discussion section i values, justice, knowledge and identity Jill Schostak John F. Schostak 62

4 The scarf unveiled: proximity to the test of law in a French school Romuald Normand 73

Reflections on Normand's chapter 85

5 Social research and 'race': developing a critical paradigm Gurnam Singh 87

Reflections on Singh's chapter 100

6 Violence, social exclusion and construction of identities in early childhood education Concepci?n S?nchez Blanco 102

Reflections on Blanco's chapter 110

Methodological discussion section ii resisting identities and boundaries Jill Schostak John F. Schostak 111

7 '(Don't)' change the subject. You did it': media and schooling as violence Joao Paraskeva 119

Reflections on Paraskeva's chapter 128

8 'Charlie why ya hideing': the role of myth and emotion in the lives of young people living in a high crime area Kaye Haw 130

Reflections on Haw's chapter 145

9 Passionate places and fragmented spaces Cathie Pearce 147

Reflections on Pearce's chapter 157

10 The return of the repressed Lo?c wacquant 159

Reflections on Wacquant's chapter 170

Methodological discussion section iii places-visible, invisible and their 'dis/contents' Jill Schostak John F. Schostak 172

11 Manufacturing fear: the violence of anti-politics Panayota Gounari 180

Reflections on Gounari's chapter 194

12 Militarizing higher education: resisting the pedagogy of violence Henry Giroux 196

Reflections on Giroux's chapter 208

Methodological discussion section iv the language of critical resistance, emancipatory practices and the co-option of research by Power Jill Schostak John F. Schostak 210

Part C Framing the design and writing up 219

13 Writing for emancipatory research Jill Schostak John F. Schostak 221

Critical conclusions for new beginnings 236

Notes 239

Index 247

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