Posts Tagged ‘Ethnography’

In a previous photo essay, I talked a bit about the hidden (and not so hidden) curriculum of school courtyard pedagogy. Today, a different kind of pedagogy: the pedagogy of educational desire. Much is made of the high value placed on educational attainment in Chinese culture (see here for a somewhat deeper discussion). This photo essay introduces one form that the instilling of educational desire takes in Mainland China. (more…)

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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.


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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