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Reading-through be-longing: towards a methodology for political sciences otherwise

Siklodi, Nora, Choi, Seoyoung and Rutazibwa, Olivia (2024) Reading-through be-longing: towards a methodology for political sciences otherwise. Asian Journal of Women's Studies. ISSN 1225-9276

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Identification Number: 10.1080/12259276.2024.2310768

Abstract

Inspired by critical feminist, decolonial, and narrative approaches, this paper invites political sciences scholars to engage in different forms of knowledges (unlearning Western-centrism by centering Asia), (collective) methodology, and data collection (centering stories). We offer a pathway to political sciences otherwise, i.e., “as if people matter” and propose reading-through as a methodology for open-ended sensemaking at the service of pluriversal co-existence, prioritizing life in/and dignity over mastery or singular truths and fact-finding. Reading-through encompasses diverse practices of meeting, co-reading, and co-writing, including exchanging thoughts on fictional/scientific stories in a “live” epistolary process paper. To articulate the substantive purchase of reading-through, we engage a selection of novels—Szabo’s The Door, Faye’s Small Country, Thúy’s Ru, and, especially Lee’s Pachinko, a woman-centered multigenerational story on the Korean and wider (north)East Asian colonial/diasporic experience in the twentieth century—and revisit the political sciences theme of belonging as be-longing otherwise. Rather than offering a definitive blueprint for Political Sciences otherwise, this paper seeks a deeper understanding of how method and methodology are an integral, co-constitutive part of our capacity to fundamentally rethink learned disciplinary conventions towards scholarship “as if people matter.”

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/rajw20
Additional Information: © 2024 The Author(s)
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2024 13:51
Last Modified: 29 May 2024 21:30
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/122158

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