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Writing Water:  An Untimely Academic Novella
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2012 (English)In: Documents of Life Revisited: Narrative and Biographical Methods for a 21st Century of Critical Humanism / [ed] Liz Stanley, Farnham: Ashgate, 2012Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter is the writing of an untimely academic novella, a trilogy of biographical narratives about a woman’s life, writing and desire to obtain a professor’s chair in the beginning of the twenty-first century, in Sweden. The chapter is the third instalment, but has no end. It is designed as a series of re-visits to past-textual-moments and life experiences to explore the dissolvable character of interdisciplinary activity in relation to disciplinary belonging. Writing water is a form of dissident writing with the aim of transforming social work and the social sciences towards a critical humanist activity. The diversity of forms used in creating this set of interwoven stories is inspired by poststructuralist and postcolonial feminist theory and literary fiction and by writing methodologies such as diary writing, memory work and poetic writing and photography. The novella engages with some key aspects of Plummer’s ideas about critical humanism, with the emphasis on the contribution of the fictional novella to creatively and reflexively exploring complex relations of power. ’Writing Water’ is a story about resistance that shows how family, society and academia interact in the making of knowledge.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-71174OAI: diva2:483955
Accepted for publication December 2011Available from: 2012-01-26 Created: 2012-01-26 Last updated: 2012-02-24Bibliographically approved

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