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ERIC Number: EJ1024837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5692
Research as an Act of Love: Ethics, Émigrés, and the Praxis of Becoming Human
Ibrahim, Awad
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v8 n1 p7-20 2014
Conceptual in nature, this paper revisits the debate on the nature and ethical implication of what it means to conduct research with/in immigrant communities. The view from "inside" is different from the view from "outside," I am contending, and both are mediated by what I am calling "I-Thou Research Ethics." This is an Ethics that places émigrés as our neighbors, engineers, doctors, etc. Mexico now lives next door, I am arguing, and Mexicans are now hyphenated: Mexican-Americans (for example). Gilles Deleuze (2005) refers to this as "post-identity phenomenon." To deal with it, I shall (a) discuss its ethics through The Stephen Tyler Affair (hooks, 1990); (b) build an "I-Thou Research Ethics" as a response to this Affair; and (c) conclude with a genuine dialogue in which research becomes an act of love, and "researcher-researched" becomes an "I-Thou relationship." Only then can we hope for the transformative praxis of becoming human.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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