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ERIC Number: EJ1123797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
Towards a Rhythmic Account of Working Together and Taking Part
Springgay, Stephanie
Research in Education, v96 n1 p71-77 Nov 2016
The idea that the world is composed of moving and constantly transforming materialities that are vibrant, quivering, and indeterminate has shifted how we think about human and non-human relations. Matter is not a stable entity, but one that is continuously vibrating and differentiating. This materialism is crucial for thinking about possible futures of educational research. In this paper, I turn to the materiality of rhythm, movement, and affect to suggest a more vital understanding of participation and thus politics. The paper takes as its starting point contemporary art that is often framed as collaborative, relational, or participatory. However, the dilemma with such art is that under the guise of collaboration, sociality, and inclusion participation becomes a method of appeasement as opposed to any real process of transformation. Participation is often instrumentalized in order to minimize conflict and friction, and reifies utopic notions of emancipation, voice, and agency. In this short essay, I want to consider participation's materiality. Rather than thinking of participation as democratic decision-making, can we imagine participation as an intrinsic mode of being where taking part is not something to opt into or out of, but a vital lived relation.
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Language: English
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