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

Cole, Geoff G (2020) 'Why the “Hoax” Paper of Baldwin (2018) Should Be Reinstated.' Sociological Methods and Research. 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
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2020 09:06
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2021 13:15

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