Follow the Judas sheep : materializing post-qualitative methodology in zooethnographic space

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Follow the Judas sheep : materializing post-qualitative methodology in zooethnographic space
Author(s) Pedersen, Helena
Date 2013
English abstract
What becomes of education when performed in a slaughterhouse? Drawing on Raunig’s Marxian–Deleuzian treatise on the machine, the article configures the veterinary education curriculum and the animal production system as two symbiotic apparatuses connected by innumerable flows, routes, movements, rhythms, and passages. Using critical posthumanist analyses to work through empirical material from zooethnographic fieldwork in veterinary education, the article maps how human and animal subjectivities are formed along with crisscrossing biochoreographies of pedagogical and animal production rituals in intimate interplay. The article argues that as education becomes materially enclosed in the process of animal slaughter, teaching becomes distributed among human and nonhuman actants, students (and the education researcher) become a collective human component, or prosthesis, of the slaughter apparatus, and pedagogy itself becomes a prosthesis of slaughter. As student affect is recruited in the “educationalization” of violence, students’ expressions of abjection in the slaughterhouse may be configured as an integral and necessary part of, rather than a disturbing side-effect of, slaughter education. At an epistemological level, this indicates that critical posthumanist inquiry accommodates a particular potential to bring forth “the edges” in qualitative education research.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2013.788760 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education;6
Volume 26
ISSN 0951-8398
Pages 717-731
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) posthumanism
veterinary education
slaughterhouse
animals
zooethnography
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15568 (link to this page)

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