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Uses of the self: two ways of thinking about scholarly situatedness and method

Neumann, Cecilie B. and Neumann, Iver B. (2015) Uses of the self: two ways of thinking about scholarly situatedness and method. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 43 (3). ISSN 0305-8298

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If the scholarly self is irretrievably tied to the world, then self-situating is a fruitful source of data production. The researcher becomes a producer, as opposed to a collector, of data. This how-to paper identifies three analytical stages where such self-situating takes place. Pre-field; there is autobiographical situating; in-field, there is field situating, and post-field, there is textual situating. Each of these stages are presented in terms of the three literatures that have done the most work on them -- feminism, Gestalt, and poststructuralism – and a number of how-to examples. We illustrate with a number of how-to examples. In conclusion, we discuss how two different methodological commitments to situatedness, which Jackson (2010) dubbed reflexivist and analyticist, give rise to two analytically distinct ways of using the scholarly self for data production. Reflexivists and analyticists approach data production from opposite ends of the researcher/informant relationship. Where a reflexivist researcher tends to handle the relation between interlocutor and researcher by asking how interlocutors affect her, an analyticist researcher tends to ask how the researcher affects them.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 14:29
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 05:40

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