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Heightened Performative Autoethnography

Resisting Oppressive Spaces within Paradigms


William M. Sughrua

This book argues for – and carries out – what the author terms Heightened Performative Autoethnography (HPA). The common theme throughout the volume involves resisting oppressive and hegemonic spaces within paradigms, and hence seeking epistemological liberation. The text methodologically and conceptually situates this newly proposed variant of autoethnography, while contextualizing and justifying its «performed or enacted» theme involving resistance against the oppressiveness of paradigms. The book concludes with an analysis and commentary, demonstrating how this particular theme, and HPA as a research and writing repertoire, are able to meaningfully respond to the eighth moment of contemporary qualitative research, which calls for a critical and social justice agenda directed at empowerment, equity, liberation, and related issues. Heightened Performative Autoethnography could be used in upper-level undergraduate classes and graduate courses within the social sciences, humanities, and education, for courses on critical theory, contemporary research methodology, performative studies, narrative writing, and related subjects.
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I express my deep gratitude to Norman K. Denzin for supporting this book project from its beginning to end. As well, I am very grateful to Christopher S. Myers, former Managing Director of Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., for all his support. I am equally grateful to Dr. Farideh Koohi-Kamali, Senior Vice President of Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. I also thank Bernadette Shade, Sophie Appel, and Stephen Mazur of Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

Further, for facilitating an invigorating academic environment in which to teach and research, I acknowledge the PRODEP program of the Secretary of Public Education of Mexico, the CONACYT Department of the federal Mexican government, the central administration of Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca (UABJO), the administration of the Language Department of the UABJO, and the Critical Applied Linguistics Research Group (CALAC) of UABJO, to which I belong. With regard to the last, my thanks go to my colleagues Mario E. López Gopar (head of CALAC), Vilma Huerta Cordova (member of CALAC), and María de los Ángeles Clemente Olmos (former head of CALAC). Those whom I have studied under and/or researched with and who in different ways have positively influenced my work and/or academic attitude, as reflected in these pages, warrant special mention: Adrian Holliday, John Kullman, Richard Smith, Shane Blackman, ← vii | viii → Christopher Anderson, Michael J. Higgins, Stephanie Vandrick, and Vance Bourjaily.

On a more personal level, I thank Aída Jacinta del Carmen Martínez, William...

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