Research assemblages and epistemological commitments

Davy, Zowie (2016) Research assemblages and epistemological commitments. In: Transforming Research Practice: Towards 'Best Practice' in Trans and Non-binary Inclusive Social Research, 9th May 2016, University of Strathclyde.

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A practical recognition that is required of researchers is to be able to choose the best form of methodology for the job at hand. Or for researchers to understand by choosing one methodology over another will inevitable produce different results. I want to draw on Fox and Alldred’s recent paper by paraphrasing their understanding of ‘doing and producing research.’ I think their concept of research machines as part of a ‘research-assemblage’ allows us to begin to recognize research as a process of territorialization. Research territorialization is the often momentary settling of all the research’s constituent parts into a whole that shapes knowledge production. The knowledge that research produces manifests according to the particular flows of affect produced by any researcher’s methodology and methods, analysis and write-up and the people involved. This materialist analysis of research-as assemblage is pivotal to my more recent understanding of research integrity, and will form the basis for a critical framework for this talk around qualitative and indeed it’s often quoted nemesis quantitative social inquiry surrounding trans and non-binary people.

Keywords:transgender, non-binary, research assemblage, epistemological committments
Subjects:L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:11 May 2016 13:31

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