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    An entry into a creative, rhizomatic narrative inquiry into young people’s identity construction

    O'Grady, Grace (2018) An entry into a creative, rhizomatic narrative inquiry into young people’s identity construction. Irish Educational Studies, 37 (2). pp. 255-274. ISSN 0332-3315

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    Located in a larger study that attempted to challenge taken-for-granted or homogenizing assumptions about constructions of adolescent identity and to interrogate radically the process of qualitative research in this field [O’ Grady, G. (2012). “Constructing Identities with Young People using Creative Rhizomatic Narrative.” PhD Thesis. Queen’s University Belfast], the paper picks up the narrative of the research journey at a moment of meeting with Kim Etherington, Professor of Narrative Research at the University of Bristol. It opens with the conversation that ensued and my introduction to the figure of the rhizome [Deleuze, G., and F. Guattari. ([1987] 2004). A thousand plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Translated by B. Massumi. London: Continuum, 8) which, alongside other poststructuralist ideas, I subsequently used to conceptualize and frame the inquiry. In grappling with the questions posed in our conversation, I hope to make visible three interweaving themes in this paper: My difficulties initially in ‘inhabiting’ the philosophical positions I took up in this creative narrative inquiry; my growing commitment to a form of narrative inquiry that challenges inherited dominant understandings of subjectivity and research methodologies and finally, my encounters with ‘otherness’ in the construction of self/other as a thematic thread that interwove all the narratives of the young people in the larger study.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: narrative; rhizome; adolescent identity; othering;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 11428
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    Depositing User: Grace O'Grady
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 14:25
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Educational Studies
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes

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