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Manchester Institute of Education

Knowledge, power and identity

This strand of research starts from an understanding that educational theories, practices and policies work to constitute categories of identity and subjectivity that reflect knowledge and power relations.

Our work:

  • Examines educational practice, performance and engagement with individuals and communities in diverse social contexts
  • explores how definitions of educational need, such as 'special' or 'additional' are formulated and engaged with
  • focuses on generating rich descriptions of the kind that can document subjugated or implicit understandings of power and resistance, including resistance to received normalisations and pathologisations
  • draws on our particular expertise in qualitative and interpretative research, including discursive, creative, participatory, feminist, queer, anti-oppressive and decolonising research.

Staff associated with Knowledge, Power and Identity 

Affiliate members

Recent international visitors attached to Knowledge, Power and Identity

  • 2016 - Professor Fernando Luis Gonzalez Rey, Central University of Brasilia, Brazil
  • 2016 - Professor Hanne Haavind, University of Oslo, Norway
  • 2015-16 - Daniel Goulart, Central University of Brasilia, Brazil
  • 2015 - Dóra Máriási, University of Budapest, Hungary.
  • 2015 - João Gabriel Lima da Silva, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2014-15- Daniel Kerry dos Santos, Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil
  • 2014-16 - Dr Mónica Peña Ochoa, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile.
  • 2014-15 - Dra. Tania Esmeralda Rocha Sánchez, UNAM, Mexico