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Knowing Her Place: Research Literacies and Feminist Occasions

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ISBN-13: 978-1880192276
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Lorri Neilsen is a professor on the Faculty of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Caddo Gap Pr (July 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880192276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880192276
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,991,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Lorri Neilsen weaves a rich, multi-layered text of poetry,prose,stories,and inquiry as an artist, literary writer,teacher,researcher and mother.She brilliantly portrays the complexities of a woman's life as seen through the lens of multiple perspectives and succeeds in meeting her own criteria for good writing. Her book incites, enchants, illuminates, inspires and provokes thought. Her work "turns pages and turns lives", as KNOWING HER PLACE moves the reader to a deeper exploration and understanding of one's own landscape.
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KNOWING HER PLACE is a charismatic work by Lorri Nielsen in which she takes a big canvas, paints a three dimensional picture and captivates our interest and admiration by the ingenuity with which she highlights important issues affecting the educational scene in general and research in particular. The book is almost like a musical composition which starts softly with an autobiographical note, reaches a crescendo and then ends with another autobiographical strain.Various themes are touched upon,like musical notes in a composition to give an orchestral effect. In the kaleidoscopic structure of the book one genre fuses into another so that we get a mixed flavor of beautiful poetry, eloquent prose, nostalgic reminiscences, lively dialog and fiery criticism. She traces her development as a woman, a writer, a teacher and a researcher. In her first chapter she voices her discomfort with conformity to; a)being a woman in a patriarchal world which entailed conformity to the social norms, flowing with the current of life and an interrupted career, b)statistical method of inquiry, i.e the quantitative research methodology and c) the exploitative nature of research and teaching. She thus addresses vital ontological questions like(1)what it means to be a woman in a men's world(2) what are the ethical dilemmas of a researcher(3)how to get around the exploitative power relationship between the researcher and the researched, and finally (4)how best to teach literacy, specially reading and writing. Her gradual departure from the quantative paradigm epitomizes the soul-searching struggle that any researcher would go through, faced with the dichotomy of conforming to verifiable standards of research versus portraying the reality of life.Read more ›
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Lorri Neilsen's journey through academia raises profound questions about education and the production of knowledge: who's knowledge is considered valid? After exercising great discipline and excellence in her studies, she comes to recognize "the language of theory" as a form of "conceptual imperialism," which allows little space for lived experience.
In her book, Neilsen draws surprising insights from a variety of processes and states of being, be it adaptation, writing, teaching, reflecting, or authenticity. Her poetic writing resonate long beyond the moment. More important perhaps, she provides writers, students, and teachers with encouragement to explore the unbeaten path, to dare to be curious and bold.
Meaningful learning and research embraces integrity, passion, and compassion. Neilsen suggests not sterile objectivity, but engagement that demands and offers respect. An enriching and very pleasant read.
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