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Academic desire trajectories : retooling the concepts of subject, desire and biography

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Sondergaard, Dorte Marie

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Abstract This article is an attempt to rethink the interconnectedness between discourse and subjective agency and to highlight methodological approaches to studies of gendering processes as a central part of it. The notions of desire, subjectification and biography are understood as mediated by narratives and metaphors, as a movement between the individual and her contexts. The transformative methodological project suggests conceptual retoolings as new analytic approaches to empirical analysis of the kind that aims to provide complex understanding of subjectification processes in lived life. The empirical field brought into the article as a means of explication deals with university cultures, and more specifically with a case of an assistant professor caught in conflicts between official academic discourses and more subtle political and gendered discourses. The author takes the concepts of desire trajectories, discursive authority, multifaceted discursive realities and past experiences (biography) into an analysis of the enacting forces involved in the processes of exclusion that finally ejects the protagonist in the empirical case from the university field.
Keywords gender
Classification Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Free Keywords biography; desire; discourse; empirical analysis; methodology; poststructuralism; power; subjectification; university
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 297-313
Journal European Journal of Women's Studies, 12 (2005) 3
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)