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ERIC Number: EJ848928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1077-8004
Secular Blasphemy: Utter(ed) Transgressions against Names and Fathers in the Postmodern Era
Rolling, James Haywood, Jr.
Qualitative Inquiry, v14 n6 p926-948 2008
Unnaming the axiomatic constructs of a named identity--that which is thought to be fitting within a given regime of definition--becomes then an act of secular blasphemy, a performance of decanonizing translation that discursively relocates and reinscribes communicated meaning from power, prefix, and prefigurement to perpetual movement. Departing from Homi Bhabha's description of blasphemy as a transgressive act, this article blasphemes the certainty of definition in research writing, illuminating the performance of blasphemy as a source of new social names and the migration of norms and meaning. This article is the third in a trilogy of research forays exploring the intersection of autoethnography, critical race theory, and performance studies. This new research, written to follow up Rolling (2004a, 2004b), is a continuation of the author's effort to establish the efficacy of a poststructural and poetic aesthetic in qualitative research writing. (Contains 5 figures and 7 notes.)
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Language: English
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