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Limitless provocations of the ‘safe’, ‘secure’ and ‘healthy’ child

Holmes, Rachel and Jones, Liz (2012) Limitless provocations of the ‘safe’, ‘secure’ and ‘healthy’ child. International journal of qualitative studies in education, 26 (1). pp. 75-99. ISSN 1366-5898

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Abstract

This paper arose amongst the making and showing of a film and questions whether there are possibilities for interrupting powerful discursive frames that work at producing ‘the normal child’. Traditionally there has been a lack of interest in the use and critique of visual culture in educational research. Perhaps this lack of interest provides fertile opportunities to know something of the structure of education as a discipline, the rules that structure it and its deep grammar; it may also open up opportunities for disciplinary boundary-crossings where fields that embrace visual culture, such as photography and filmmaking, can bring their playfulness across binaries, including notions of certainty/ambivalence, to qualitative research in education. By turning to art theory, our aims are to interfere with our utopian longings that steadfastly cling to educational notions of the child.

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