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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Speaking with things: Encoded researchers, social data, and other posthuman concoctions
Author(s): Thompson, Terrie Lynn
Adams, Catherine
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Keywords: Actor Network Theory
coded materialities
interviewing objects
posthumanist fluencies
qualitative research
Issue Date: 2013
Date Deposited: 31-Jan-2014
Citation: Thompson TL & Adams C (2013) Speaking with things: Encoded researchers, social data, and other posthuman concoctions. Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, 14 (3), pp. 342-361.
Abstract: We apply our heuristics for ‘interviewing’ nonhuman research participants (Adams and Thompson 2011) to the digital things of qualitative research itself: recording devices, data analysis software, and other sociomaterial concoctions recruited at different stages of contemporary research projects. We suggest that these ‘inorganic organized’ entities participate as co-researchers that inevitably extend but also disrupt research practice and knowledge construction, introducing new tensions and contradictions. Counterpointing phenomenology and Actor Network Theory, we usher some of the hidden and coded materialities of research practice into view, and glimpse unexpected realities co-enacted. Such immersive entanglements raise ethical questions about the posthumanist fluencies now demanded in social science research practice and we outline several considerations.
DOI Link: 10.1080/1600910X.2013.838182
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