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Re/de/signing the world : postructuralism, deconstruction and 'reality' in outdoor/environmental education research

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Noel Gough, Warren Sellers
This paper examines rhetorical constructions of ‘reality’ in selected outdoor/environmental education discourses-practices.1 Many outdoor/environmental educators privilege philosophical realism coupled with suspicion towards poststructuralism(s) and deconstruction. From a postlogographic position on language, we argue that producing texts is a method of inquiry, an experience and performance of semiosis-in-use as we sign (and de/sign) the world into existence. This re/de/signed world never represents the ‘real’ world precisely or completely, and in this paper we explore and enact modes of textual (and extratextual) production that struggle to retain a poststructuralist skepticism towards representational claims without falling into antirealist language games. We focus in particular on Deleuzean concepts of ‘rhizomatic’ inquiry and nomadic textuality as enabling dispositions for re/de/signing worlds in which realities and representations are mutually constitutive (rather than dialectically related).

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1 - 21

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Bendigo, Vic.

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  • Yes

Start date

2004-07-06

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2004-07-09

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eng

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L2 Full written paper - non-refereed (minor conferences)

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2004, La Trobe University

Title of proceedings

Connections and disconnections : examining the reality and rhetoric : International Outdoor Education Research Conference

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