Sunday, March 6, 2005

Writing as a method of inquiry

Today I'm writing about how my weblog has served as a method of inquiry over the past three years and how it continues to act as part of my dissertation. These quotes are on my mind.

Laurel Richardson, "Skirting a Pleated Text: De-disciplining an academic life" in The Qualitative Inquiry Reader, Norman Denzin & Yvonna Licoln (eds), pp. 39-50. London: Sage, 2002.

"How does the way we are supposed to write up our findings become an unexamined trope in our claims to authoritative knowledge?

What might we learn about our 'data' if we stage them in different writing formats?

What other audiences might we be able to reach if we step outside the conventions of social-scientific writing? (p. 43)

My intentions then - and now - have never been to dismiss social-scientific writing - but to examine it. My intentions then - and now - have never been to reject social-scientific writing - but to enlarge the field through other representational forms." (p. 44)

Elizabeth St. Pierre, "Circling the Text: Nomadic writing practices" in The Qualitative Inquiry Reader, Norman Denzin & Yvonna Licoln (eds), pp. 51-70. London: Sage, 2002.

"As I think about the pieces I have written, I can find no linear, causal relationships among them; that is, I do not believe that the writing of one text necessarily caused the writing of the next... Writing seems more accidental than intentional and is often produced by unintended juxtapositions... My writing thus reflects no systematic tracing of thought but rather maps ordinary forays into unintelligibility... (p. 58)

I knew the dense and ponderous coding of the dissertation I was required to produce would overwrite the fragile text I was imagining, a text so rhizomatic, however, that it could be dissipated, scattered, even squandered with little ill effect...

[The] figuration of the rhizome, then, allows me to think outside systems, outside order, outside stability. Rhizomes favor exteriority, motion, chance, and variation outside the contrived confines of the text." (p. 59)

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