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Why the “Hoax” Paper of Baldwin (2018) Should Be Reinstated

Cole, Geoff G (2021) 'Why the “Hoax” Paper of Baldwin (2018) Should Be Reinstated.' Sociological Methods and Research, 50 (4). pp. 1895-1915. ISSN 0049-1241

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In 2018, a peer-reviewed article was published under the name of Richard Baldwin in which the author presented a critique of fat exclusion and advocated “fat bodybuilding” as a sport. Some months later, it became apparent that the article was intended as a hoax written to raise awareness to, or “expose”, a certain ideology promoted by some academics. As a result, the editors retracted the article. Using the principles of methodological behaviorism, and other hoax or hoax-like articles, I will argue that the thoughts and opinions held by any author are not important to the argument they present. I will also argue that this form of reflexive ethnography is too problematic to serve as a method of enquiry. I will therefore conclude that the Baldwin article should be reinstated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural studies; hoax papers; grievance studies; critical theory; reflexive ethnography
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2020 09:06
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:13

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