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Body_Machine? Encounters of the Human and the Mechanical in Education, Industry and Science

Herman, F, Priem, K and Thyssen, G (2017) Body_Machine? Encounters of the Human and the Mechanical in Education, Industry and Science. History of Education, 46 (1). pp. 108-127. ISSN 0046-760X

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This paper unveils the body_machine as a key element of dynamic mental maps that have come to shape both educational praxis and research. It traces and analyses instances in which the human and the mechanical encountered each other in metaphorical, material and visual forms, thereby blurring to some extent the boundaries between them while capturing and mobilising specific forms of knowing and acting. The paper studies, first, how certain ‘orienting frames of reference’ and associated ‘experimental systems’ managed to materialise around the body_machine and penetrate theory and praxis; and, second, what visual and textual sources related to a vocational school may reveal about where and how the body_machine has come to operate in education, industry and science. The paper centres on early twentieth-century photographs and analyses these not only as media presenting, representing and interrogating common thought and practice but also as agents of meaning-making around the body_machine.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in History of Education on 15th January 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0046760X.2016.1236219
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2103 Historical Studies, 2202 History And Philosophy Of Specific Fields
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2017 09:20
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2022 09:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/0046760X.2016.1236219
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5348
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