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Anxiety as a Tool for Critical Disability Studies Fieldwork

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Title:Anxiety as a Tool for Critical Disability Studies Fieldwork
Authors:Valente, Joseph Michael
Keywords:fieldwork
anxiety
deaf culture
psychoanalytic ethnography
Date Issued:2017
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies
Citation:Valente, J. M. (2017). Anxiety as a tool for critical disability studies fieldwork. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 13(2).
Series:vol. 13, no. 2
Abstract:In this article, I consider the role of emotional response and anxiety in fieldwork by drawing on an incident where I was called a “fake deafie” by informants and a follow up interview transcript about this episode. I use emotions and particularly the tracking of anxiety as a tool to productively explore the subjective and intersubjective dynamics that give shape to encounters in fieldwork. This focus on affect in fieldwork allows me to productively attend to the ethical and methodological dilemmas that materialized as a bicultural, or an in-betweener, ethnographer (Valente, 2011, 2014a, in review). Importantly, attending to affect in fieldwork also allows me to draw attention to an integral component of conducting critical disability studies fieldwork, that is, the affective dimensions. I conclude by arguing for the need for researchers in critical disability studies to have a theory of anxiety. This theory of anxiety needs to be a part of the critical disability studies researcher’s reflexivity toolkit.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/56653
ISSN:1552-9215
Appears in Collections: RDS Volume 13, No. 2


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