Resisting Oppressive Spaces within Paradigms
Chapter 4: Paradigm Resistance Leading to Epistemological Liberation
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PARADIGM RESISTANCE LEADING TO EPISTEMOLOGICAL LIBERATION
At the core of this book are four papers utilizing what I propose as “heightened performative autoethnography” (HPA) in order to dramaturgically render the critical-oriented theme of seeking epistemological liberation by way of resisting or combating oppressive spaces within paradigms. These four papers, albeit separate and self-standing, make for one collective HPA performance of paradigm resistance. This performance consists of Chapters 5 to 9. To help construct the stage for Chapters 5 to 9, previous Chapters 2 and 3 have directed themselves to the “methodological” dimension of the performance (i.e., HPA), while present Chapter 4 now turns to the “thematic” dimension involving paradigm resistance.
What is a paradigm? As stated in Chapter 1, a paradigm is a general way of envisioning or understanding the world, as consciously or unconsciously co-created and shared among members of a social group or community (Gilbert, 2008, p. 511; Guba & Lincoln, 1998, p. 208). This notion of community is inclusive. It could, for instance, be an academic community. Paraphrasing from science philosopher Kuhn (1962/2012) to whom “paradigm studies” are attributed, Tuffin (2005) describes a paradigm as the “broad set of … assumptions, beliefs, and philosophies … shared by those who conduct research within a particular community” (p. 59). This overall perspective shared by a research or academic community is constructed ← 59 | 60 → by those “past scientific achievements” such as research, publications, conferences, and seminars that “the scientific community acknowledges for...
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