counter story

 

Lather (2006) suggests that work like Tuhiwai Smith's (1999) counter story to "Western ideas about the benefits of the pursuit of knowledge" disrupts "the rules of the research game." Efforts such as these, she claims, "provide a different kind of academic voice" (Lather, 2006, p. 44).

 

Yet in a culture where we have learned that only human voices count, and that some human voices count more than others, I am left wondering whether academic voices might be able to engage with and support inclusion of other-than-human persons in research/representation. Or will the non-human continue to be constituted as Other (Haraway, 2004b; Russell, 2005) and remain outside the legitimate, and legitimizing knowledge-making processes of the Academy? As Harvey (2006b) suggests, to include these voices may require a "reconfiguration of academic protocols" (p. 9).