A Question of Discipline: Pedagogy, Power, and the Teaching of Cultural Studies

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Mirrors, Paintings, and Romances

Ramón Flecha and Victòria dels Àngels Garcia translated by Jocelyn Olcott


Introduction

This chapter is concerned with questions of pedagogy and power as they are played out in the context of Cultural Studies taught within an Adult Education (AE) programme across several European countries. The chapter is organised in three sections. The first takes the example of a European Union programme in order to raise the question of power relations in the pedagogy of Cultural Studies between northern and southern European universities and people. The second section discusses the ways in which 'northernist' voices try to subordinate southerners in the production of knowledge about Cultural Studies. The third section moves to the popular culture of a working-class area to seek orientations toward the teaching of Cultural Studies which would produce a more egalitarian Cultural Studies in European universities.

The European Union (EU) funds exchanges between professors and students from different European universities. The Erasmus programme (currently being replaced by Socrates) involves mobility within the EU, while the new Alpha programme will develop relationships between European and Latin American universities. This new programme presents both possibilities and dangers. On the one hand, it provides an enormous opportunity to build solidarity and to create egalitarian intercultural collaborations. On the other, this could provide the opportunity for Euro

We dedicate this chapter to Núria, of Caldes de Montbui. An illness took Núria
soon after she completed her participation in the European program analyzed in
this chapter, but her memory continues to inspire us to pursue our cultural strug
gle to overcome ethnocentrism through this type of exchange.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • 1 - Questions of Discipline/ Disciplining Cultural Studies 1
  • Notes 9
  • References 10
  • 2 - Theory, Area Studies, Cultural Studies: Issues of Pedagogy in Multiculturalism 11
  • Notes 23
  • References 25
  • 3 - Doing Cultural Studies in Colleges of Education 27
  • Notes 39
  • References 40
  • 4 - Teaching Without Guarantees: Cultural Studies, Pedagogy, and Identity 42
  • Notes 69
  • References 71
  • 5 - 'It Ain't like Any Other Teaching': Some Versions of Teaching Cultural Studies 74
  • Notes 93
  • References 95
  • 6 - Mediating Desire: Visual Representation, Power, and Informed Consent in Teaching Feminist Cultural Studies 97
  • Notes 115
  • References 115
  • 7 - Teaching/Cultural Studies (or Pedagogy for 'World'-Travellers/ 'World'-Travelling Pedagogy) 117
  • Notes 128
  • References 128
  • 8 - Mirrors, Paintings, and Romances 131
  • Notes 151
  • References 154
  • 9 - Examining the Examination: Tracing the Effects of Pedagogic Authority on Cultural Studies Lecturers and Students 157
  • Notes 175
  • References 177
  • 10 - The Voice of Authority: on Lecturing in Cultural Studies 178
  • Notes 189
  • References 191
  • 11 - All Roads Lead to . . . Problems with Discipline 192
  • Notes 201
  • References 203
  • About the Book and Editors 205
  • About the Contributors 206
  • Index 208
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