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ERIC Number: EJ1165048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0316-1218
(Dis)Embodied Disclosure in Higher Education: A Co-Constructed Narrative
Aubrecht, Katie; La Monica, Nancy
Canadian Journal of Higher Education, v47 n3 p1-15 2017
In this paper we use co-constructed autoethnographic methods to explore the tensions that animate the meaning of "disclosure" in university and college environments. Drawing insight from our embodied experiences as graduate students and university/college course instructors, our collaborative counternarratives examine the ordinary ways that disclosure is made meaningful and material as a relationship and a form of embodied labour. Our dialogue illustrates the layered nature of disclosure--for example, self-disclosing as a disabled student in order to access academic spaces but not self-disclosing to teach as an instructor. Katie uses phenomenological disability studies to analyze disclosure at the intersection of disability and pregnancy as body-mediated moments (Draper, 2002). Nancy uses Hochschild's (1983) notion of "emotional labour" to explore how socio-spatial processes of disclosure can be an embodied form of "extra work" (e.g., managing perceptions of stigmatized identities).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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