Academic journal article Outlines : Critical Practice Studies

Editorial

Academic journal article Outlines : Critical Practice Studies

Editorial

Article excerpt

Close to New Year we are happy to announce this third 2014-volume of Outlines-Critical Practice Studies. This volume contains: de Saint-Laurent, C. (2014). "I would rather be hanged than agree with you!": Collective Memory and the Definition of the Nation in Parliamentary Debates on Immigration.; Jóhannsdóttir, T. & Roth, W.-M. (2014). Experiencing (Perezivanie) as Developmental Category: Learning from a Fisherman who is Becoming (as) a Teacher-in-a-Village-School., Muthivhi, A. E. (2014). Culturalhistorical basis of literacy practices in TshiVenda-speaking South Africa's primary classrooms.; Nevanen, S., Juvonen, A. & Ruismäki, H.: After a decade: Does the developmental arts education done in Kindergartens still exist?; and finally a review by Klitmøller, J. (2014) of Michalis Kontopodis book: Neoliberalism, Pedagogy and Human Development - Exploring Time, Mediation and Collectivity in Contemporary Schools (2012). We hope you will enjoy reading, as the editorial group has.

But now, turning to history. As tradition prescribes in this Outlines, the editorial reintroduces papers from last volume and encourages you to go back and read what you missed. The vol. 15 (1) contains three papers: Thorgaard, K. (2014). Is evidence - based medicine about democratizing medical practice?; Hackel, M. & Klebl, M. (2014). The double path of expansive learning in complex socio-technical processes., and Morasso, S.G. & Zittoun, T. (2014). The trajectory of food as symbolic resource for international migrants.

What is common to all papers is that their analysis focuses on particular events as they unfold in time, thus embracing the historical dynamics that constitutes the phenomenon - on a personal, organizadonal/institutional or a societal level.

In Morasso and Zittoun's paper (2014) we follow migrating persons on their journey moving from their homeland to another country. Through interviews with migrating women the authors study how food becomes a resource in the person's development of cultural identity. Elaborating on Zittoun's earlier work on symbolic resources (Zittoun, 2006), Morasso and Zittoun develops the notion of malleable symbolic resources; that is resources that are flexible, ductile, and yet impressionable on a person's cultural identity. Malleable resources like food, food-preparation and eating practices contains traces of evolving personal cultures, and these are undergoing transformation during processes of migration. In particular Moras so and Zittoun suggest three analytical attentions in the study of food as symbolic resources: its origin, the social use of food and the goals of food.

In the analysis of Hackel & Klebl's paper (2014) we follow the trajectory of an organization in development. The German plant engineering company in focus works together with researchers to overcome obstacles related to non-collaborating, highly specialized subunits within the company. To reduce high failure rates, parallel processes and excessive costs due to lack of early design matching, interdisciplinary collaboration is initiated through a series of dialogical constructive steps, described in detail in the paper. This first part of the action research process is in particular inspired by Engeström's work on expansive learning and action research. But what I see as the authors main contribution to understand processes of organizational development is their attention towards a double path of expansive learning; meaning that the tools and practices developed quite locally needed to dealt with in the wider communities of practice to for them to adapt and to take the process further. The authors conclude that the "developmental work research" approach proved beneficial towards both of the organizational "layers" as well as their interconnections.

In the third paper Thorgaard analyses evidence-based medicine practice in light of its main arguments: that it serves better clinical practice and a more democratic treatment. …

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