The social justice turn in qualitative research: capitalism, technology and the sublime powers of the 'is'

Flint, K, 2016. The social justice turn in qualitative research: capitalism, technology and the sublime powers of the 'is'. Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies. ISSN 1532-7086 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

At issue in this paper is one “elephant in the room” created by research, namely the sublime powers of the ‘is’ in the complex inter-relationship of capitalism, technology, research. These powers become obvious through deconstruction in moves towards social justice. In a post 9/11-world the deconstruction in this paper sought to illuminate how ‘corporate capitalism’ and research work together in a chaotic world, sometimes reducing the body of individuals, populations and other collectivities to existing in a state of exception, or even permanent exclusion. Ironically the rationale and the driving force behind this chaotic world are the viral actions of the ‘is’. In the deontological structuring of research ethics these are largely elided. Its incubator being corporate capitalism, this viral agent, it is shown, has to continue to expand/grow with ever-greater intensity/extensity in an abstract space strangely dislocated from the body of humanity, the earth and its biosphere. It uses as it host the drift of the empire of signs around the globe. It does not have to be this way. Moves toward social justice are shown to balance these powers of Thanatos and to open space for a postcapitalist world.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies
Creators: Flint, K.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 2016
ISSN: 1532-7086
Divisions: Schools > School of Education
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 18 Feb 2016 13:39
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2016 13:39
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26993

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