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Title: Academic domains as political battlegrounds: A global enquiry by 99 academics in the fields of education and technology
Authors: Al Lily, Abdulrahman
Foland, Jed
Stoloff, David
Gogus, Aytac
Erguvan, Inan Deniz
Awshar, Mapotse Tome
Tondeur, Jo
Hammond, Michael
Venter, Isabella M.
Jerry, Paul
Vlachopoulos, Dimitrios
Oni, Aderonke
Liu, Yuliang
Badosek, Radim
Lopez de la Madrid, Maria Cristina
Mazzoni, Elvis
Lee, Hwansoo
Kinley, Khamsum
Kalz, Marco
Sambuu, Uyanga
Bushnaq, Tatiana
Pinkwart, Niels
Adedokun-Shittu, Nafisat Afolake
Zander, Pär-Ola Mikael
Oliver, Kevin
Teixeira Pombo, Lucia Maria
Sali, Jale Balaban
Gregory, Sue
Tobgay, Sonam
Joy, Mike
Elen, Jan
Jwaifell, Mustafa Odeh Helal
Said, Mood Nihra Haruzuan Mohamad
Al-Saggaf, Yeslam
Naaji, Antoanela
White, Julie
Jordan, Kathy
Gerstein, Jackie
Yapici, Ibrahim Umit
Sanga, Camilius
Nleya, Paul
Sbihi, Boubker
Lucas, Margarida Rocha
Mbarika, Victor
Reiners, Torsten
Schön, Sandra
Sujo-Montes, Laura
Santally, Mohammad
Häkkinen, Päivi
Al Saif, Abdulkarim
Gegenfurtner, Andreas
Schatz, Steven
Vigil, Virginia Padilla
Tannahill, Catherine
Zhang, Zuochen
Charalambous, Kyriacos
Moreira, Antonio
Coto, Mayela
Laxman, Kumar
Farley, Helen Sara
Gumbo, Mishack
Simsek, Ali
Ramganeh, E.
Birzina, Rita
Player-Koro, Catarina
Dumbraveanu, Roza
Ziphorah, Mmankoko
Mohamudally, Nawaz
Thomas, Sara
Romero, Margarida
Nirmala, Mungamuru
Cifuentes, Laura
Osaily, Raja Zuhair Khaled
Omoogun, Ajayi Clemency
Seferoglu, Sadi
Elci, Alec
Edyburn, Dave
Moudgalya, Kannan
Ebner, Martin
Bottino, Rosa Maria
Khoo, Elaine
Pedro, Luis
Buarki, Hanadi
Roman-Odio, Clara
Quereshi, Ijaz
Khan, Mahbub Ahsan
Thornthwaite, Carrie
Kerimkulova, Sulushash
Downes, Toni
Malmi, Lauri
Bardakci, Salih
Itmazi, Jamil
Rogers, Jim
Rughooputh, Soonil
Akour, Mohammed Ali
Henderson, Bryan
de Freitas, Sara
Schrader, PG
Keywords: educational technology
organisational politics
academic domains
crowd authoring
Issue Date: May-2016
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Al Lily et al. (2017). Academic domains as political battlegrounds: A global enquiry by 99 academics in the fields of education and technology. Information Development, 33(3), 270-288. DOI: 10.1177/0266666916646415
Abstract: This article theorizes the functional relationship between the human components (i.e., scholars) and non-human components (i.e., structural configurations) of academic domains. It is organized around the following question: in what ways have scholars formed and been formed by the structural configurations of their academic domain? The article uses as a case study the academic domain of education and technology to examine this question. Its authorship approach is innovative, with a worldwide collection of academics (99 authors) collaborating to address the proposed question based on their reflections on daily social and academic practices. This collaboration followed a three-round process of contributions via email. Analysis of these scholars’ reflective accounts was carried out, and a theoretical proposition was established from this analysis. The proposition is of a mutual (yet not necessarily balanced) power (and therefore political) relationship between the human and non-human constituents of an academic realm, with the two shaping one another. One implication of this proposition is that these non-human elements exist as political ‘actors’, just like their human counterparts, having ‘agency’ – which they exercise over humans. This turns academic domains into political (functional or dysfunctional) ‘battlefields’ wherein both humans and non-humans engage in political activities and actions that form the identity of the academic domain.
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