Micropolitics of desire: participant self observation, critical autoethnography and the (re)turn to the baroque

Cate Watson* (Corresponding Author), Education in the North

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Abstract

Participant self observation is a form of critical autoethnography developed as a means to theorise institutional identifications and which seeks to unravel the question posed by Gilles Deleuze, ‘why do we desire what oppresses us?’ PSO is located within a baroque framework drawing on the ontology of the fold which entails a rejection of linearity and the embrace of complexity; and the epistemology of the Wunderkammer, created through the collection and artful display of textual, visual and kinaesthetic ‘research objects’. The paper presents a selection of these research objects showing how the analytical handling of these produces the fleetingly glimpsed objects of desire as points of identification.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
JournalEducation in the North
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009

Keywords

  • Autoethnography
  • baroque
  • Body without Organs
  • desire
  • Wunderkammer
  • fold
  • institutional identification
  • participant self observation
  • Research Assessment Exercise
  • academy

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