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The fetish of the lens: persistent sexist and ableist metaphor in education research

McKnight, Lucinda and Whitburn, Ben 2017, The fetish of the lens: persistent sexist and ableist metaphor in education research, International journal of qualitative studies in education, pp. 1-11, doi: 10.1080/09518398.2017.1286407.

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Title The fetish of the lens: persistent sexist and ableist metaphor in education research
Author(s) McKnight, LucindaORCID iD for McKnight, Lucinda
Whitburn, Ben
Journal name International journal of qualitative studies in education
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2017-04-15
ISSN 0951-8398
Keyword(s) metaphor
inclusive education
Summary The scientific metaphor of the lens remains widely used in qualitative education research, despite critiques of positivism. Informed by two recently completed empirical doctoral studies relying on Metaphors We Live By, we propose that the attachment to the lens is a fetish. We argue that this fetish, evident even in purportedly feminist, post positivist and inclusive education research, emerges from fascination with masculinist and ableist power predicated on the othering of the feminine, and those with disabilities. Recourse to the language of power proves irresistible, if dangerous, for academics. We call for caution in the casual use of the lens and for new linguistic research repertoires that produce reality differently.
Notes In Press.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09518398.2017.1286407
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
130312 Special Education and Disability
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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