The Flâneur and Education Research

A Metaphor for Knowing, Being Ethical and New Data Production

  • Alexandra Lasczik Cutcher
  • Rita L. Irwin

About this book


This book creatively and critically explores the figure of the flâneur and its place within educational scholarship. The flâneur is used as a generative metaphor and a prompt for engaging the unknown through embodied engagement, the politics of space, mindful walking and ritual. The chapters in this collection explore sensorial qualities of place and place-making, urban spaces and places, walking as relational practice, walking as ritual, thinking photographically, the creative and narrative qualities of flâneurial walking, and issues of power, gender, and class in research practices. In doing so, the editors and contributors examine how flâneurial walking can be viewed as a creative, relational, place-making practice. Engaging the flâneur as an influential and recurring historical figure allows and expands upon generative ways of thinking about educational inquiry. Furthermore, attending to the flâneur provides a way of provoking researchers to recognize and consider salient political issues that impact educational access and equity. 


Flâneur Movement as research Interdisciplinary research Research methods in education The Flâneur and education

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexandra Lasczik Cutcher
    • 1
  • Rita L. Irwin
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationSouthern Cross UniversityBilingaAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Curriculum and PedagogyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouver, BCCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-72837-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-72838-4
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