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Title: Micropolitics of desire: participant self observation, critical autoethnography and the (re)turn to the baroque
Authors: Watson, Cate
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Keywords: Autoethnography
institutional identification
Body without Organs
Research Assessment Exercise
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: School of Education, University of Aberdeen
Citation: Watson C (2009) Micropolitics of desire: participant self observation, critical autoethnography and the (re)turn to the baroque, Education In The North, 17 (1), Art. No.: 8.
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.
Type: Journal Article
Rights: The publisher has granted permission for use of this article in this Repository. The article was first published in Education In The North by the School of Education, University of Aberdeen.
Affiliation: Professional Education

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