Questions of Power and Knowledge
FIDUROD and the traditional Western epistemology have often operated to enhance dominant power blocs by treating specific, contextualized knowledges as if they were generalizable and universal—a key point in understanding how power and dominant epistemology operate. Thus, in education FIDUROD develops universal teaching methods. In business management (Whitley, 1995) we witness the same phenomenon, as managerial techniques are proclaimed universally valid no matter what the cultural or even economic structures may be. Those with the clout to decree what is universally valid find their power dramatically enhanced, as they are able to set up the “rules of the game” to reflect their own situations and requirements. Such a capacity is central to the purposes of this book. If I can make the universal rules as to what constitutes intelligence, I can name my cognitive predispositions as the markers of a great mind; I can use the characteristics of my culture as the criteria for what constitutes a civilized culture. Can you feel the power?
KeywordsIndigenous Knowledge Corporate Medium Critical Pedagogy Islamic World Contemporary School
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