From our post qualitative kitchen: a Langar meal of knowledge

Kanwarjeet Singh, Jane Southcott, Damien Lyons

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Ways of knowing in social sciences and educational research are sculpted by normative knowing of ways that are rooted in prescriptive histories of positivist and qualitative traditions. In this paper, by subscribing to what St. Pierre and Lather initiated as the “postqualitative movement”, we turn from tradition to re-search research praxis and nominate “Langar” (a Sikh cultural practice of congregational cooking and consumption) as an alternative site of knowledge creation and postqualitative resistance. We approximate Langar to establish a “research commune” in which we prepare a metaphorical meal of knowledge and argue that with its salient openness, enriching philosophy and non-hierarchical texture, Langar can inform educational research and bring into its fold some intriguing philosophical and processual dimensions that originate from varied cultural contexts. This can, herald into educational research, a newness that can potentially re-negotiate boundaries, re-order research norms and interrupt hierarchies to foster creative ways of knowing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2213-2228
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • educational research
  • Langar
  • Postqualitative
  • resistance
  • Sikh history

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