Writing flows: the self as fragmentary whole

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Abstract

In this chapter, I draw on my own experiences of conducting educational
research in Vietnam and use Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the assemblage
to present a mode of thinking about an autoethnographic Self that is
understood as an event: non-essential and constantly becoming in ways that
are irreducible to the subjective and personal. I argue that the autoethnographic
Self is a product of autoethnographic research; the deed rather than
doer. Not pre-existing, the autoethnographic Self is actualised within the
complex of cultural, social, and historical encounters between the researcher
and the researched, existing in a form of radical alliance from which both
researcher and researched are constantly produced and reproduced, constantly
becoming in ways that remain resistant to representation, meaning,
and understanding.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuestions of Culture in Autoethnography
EditorsPhiona Stanley, Greg Vass
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter4
Pages33-42
Number of pages10
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781315178738
ISBN (Print)9781138919587, 9781138908642
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Bright, D. (2018). Writing flows: the self as fragmentary whole. In P. Stanley, & G. Vass (Eds.), Questions of Culture in Autoethnography (1st ed., pp. 33-42). Abingdon UK: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315178738-4