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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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Chapter 8: The Las Vegas Thesis


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Writing a thesis in English is a mountain to climb. We go up. The aluminum stick in our left hand is the master research question; the guide rope in our right hand, the specific research questions; and in our backpack, bibliographic research, a.k.a. the big-o literature review. We’re far above the deductive and hypothesis-oriented thesis, and we’re now pursuing a thesis format with a decentralized, minimal yet potent use of bibliographic research, our format of choice, one that eliminates the literature review, and now the nylon rope whistling, the sticks snapping the rock, trying to tap out a tune, techno-cumbia, and all those note cards and paper sheets loose and rattling like ceramic shards in our backpacks, as we go up.

The Summit

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