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The Politics of Inquiry: Education Research and the “Culture of Science”


reviewed by Patti Lather — March 02, 2009

coverTitle: The Politics of Inquiry: Education Research and the “Culture of Science”
Author(s): Benjamin Baez and Deron Boyles
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791476871, Pages: 237, Year: 2009
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This book is a political reading of the scientific imaginary as it plays itself out in “the education science movement.” As a sort of critical sociology of higher education, it brings to bear Foucault, Bourdieu, Dewey, Kuhn, Derrida, and even a touch of psychoanalysis by dint of the Lacanian concept of “imaginary” on issues of the power of science in determining the meaning of the social world. Along the way, we encounter histories and critiques of professionalism, the National Research Academy’s 2002 publication of Scientific Research in Education (SRE), the purposes of higher education, and the history of academic freedom and the PhD and EdD. The five chapters begin with a reading against SRE and its privileging of a narrow view of science, in spite of protestations to the contrary. The second chapter attempts to move beyond the “tedious” nature of contests over science (p. 122) to endorse a political... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 02, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15583, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 7:17:33 AM

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  • Patti Lather
    Ohio State University
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    PATTI LATHER is a Professor in the Cultural Foundations in Education Program, School of Educational Policy and Leadership at Ohio State University where she teaches qualitative research, feminist methodology and gender and education. She is the author of three books, Getting Smart: Feminist Research and Pedagogy With/in the Postmodern (1991 Critics Choice Award), Troubling the Angels: Women Living with HIV/AIDS, co-authored with Chris Smithies (1998 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title), and Getting Lost: Feminist Efforts Toward a Double(d) Science (2008 Critics Choice Award). Her interests include (post)critical methodology, feminist ethnography, and poststructuralism. Her in-process book, Engaging (Social) Science: Policy from the Side of the Messy, is under contract with Peter Lang. She is a 2009 inductee of the AERA Fellows.
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