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Images of thinking in feministmaterialisms: ontological divergencesand the production of researchersubjectivities
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2013 (English)In: QSE. International journal of qualitative studies in education, ISSN 0951-8398, E-ISSN 1366-5898, Vol. 26, no 6, 706-716 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Qualitative feminist studies are much challenged by the contemporary critique of social constructionist postmodernism, as well as the renewed search for the body and materiality. The result is (at least) two diverging research accounts: a renewed feminist materialism, relying on some foundational ontologies, and what has been called a new materialist feminist account that constitutes radical ontological rewritings. The aim of this paper is to investigate what kind of researcher subjectivities these different accounts produce for qualitative inquiry. This investigation will be unfolded using an example from a collaborative research process involving ten PhD students. The example is woven into Deleuze’s (1994) and Deleuze and Guattari’s (1987; 1994) discussions on the Image of Thought and the three images of thinking outlined in A Thousand Plateaus. The investigation shows that although the aim of our collaborative process was to resist the assumed Cogito/”I” (St. Pierre 2011) of philosophy and qualitative inquiry, we still got caught up in taken for granted images of thinking and doing analysis. A deterritorializing of habits of thinking and practicing, in order for new and other researcher subjectivities to emerge, required collaborative efforts that put to work a rhizomatic image of thinking, and operated  from within an ontology of difference.

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New York, NY, 2013. Vol. 26, no 6, 706-716 p.
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post; qualitative; research; Deleuze and Guattari; subjectivity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-93787OAI: diva2:648636
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2013-09-16 Created: 2013-09-16 Last updated: 2014-01-13Bibliographically approved

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