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This post is a follow up to a presentation two colleagues and I made to (mostly) members of our department on November 25th, 2011 entitled “What do I do? Stories Around Ethics.” I’m hoping to get these colleagues to put their thoughts from that day into text on this blog. Look for those in the future.

Abstract

In this post I reflect on my own life and research in Mainland China. I present ideas from four people who have influenced me in these reflections. My tentative conclusion is that a qualified universalism of practical ethics ought to undergird both everyday life and research practice in “other cultural contexts.” Such a universalism does not amount to advocating a single set of behaviours or methods in research. Rather, what I hope to arrive at is a defensible set of, in Bourdieu’s (1977) terms, “generative principles” to guide ethical research practice. If you find this post provocative, if you notice problems or gaps in my argument, please provide some feedback at the end of the post.

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(see my full review of the book here in the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education)

In his recent book, Governing Educational Desire (2011)Andrew Kipnis examines a phenomenon that for China insiders and outsiders alike has become common-sense orthodoxy. After all, who by now doesn’t assume that the pursuit of ever higher educational credentials is a universal feature of “Chinese” societies and sub-cultures around the world? For those interested in a more critical perspective on such understandings of Chinese society and culture, Kipnis’ contribution is a welcome one. (more…)

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