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ERIC Number: EJ1022027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
"Becoming Molecular Girl": Transforming Subjectivities in Collaborative Doctoral Research Studies as Micro-Politics in the Academy
Lenz Taguchi, Hillevi
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v26 n9 p1101-1116 2013
In the context of Swedish reforms of postgraduate and doctoral education in a global knowledge economy, this article aims to theorise on the documented processes of doing collaborative analysis during elective graduate course-work on deconstructive methodologies in the social sciences, with 10 doctoral students over a period of seven months. I re-engage with the documentations of our collaborative processes six years later, to read and analyse them diffractively with Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's philosophy, and with feminist post-constructivist theories, such as Rosi Braidotti, Claire Colebrook, Elisabeth Grosz and Patti Lather. In the course-work, we actively aimed--by engaging in different collaborative strategies of deconstructive writing and talking, sharing and re-analysing each other's research data and analyses--to resist "doing philosophy" as an independent, intellectual, disembodied and masculine-coded endeavour. This process made us aware of the tactile embodiment of collaborative deconstructive research strategies, and how they came to transform our subjectivities as researchers. I suggest the "molecular girl" as a metaphor for this transformation as researchers, and claim that the practices we developed constitute a "micro-politics" that contests contemporary transnational trends in knowledge economies, but which might also be understood to work in alignment with such trends.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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