(Semi)Public Places, Practices and Pedagogy

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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Journal Article
Pedagogy Culture and Society, 2017
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Rather than being banal and uninteresting, Western women’s public toilets may be seen as educational spaces. While prolific in number and usage, they have typically escaped research attention. This paper argues that the common inclusion of toilet texts in these places renders them not only interesting but also worthy of inclusion in accounts of public pedagogies. The paper draws attention to the pedagogical voices that occupy the ostensible privacy of places like toilets. It does so by discussing a collection of toilet texts using the entangled concepts of place, practice and pedagogy. Overall, the paper demonstrates how the texts act as proxy for absent pedagogues who seek to disseminate particular knowledges and/or promote specific cultural practices, and in doing so it repositions women’s (semi)public toilets as richly pedagogical.
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