Resisting Oppressive Spaces within Paradigms
Chapter 8: The Las Vegas Thesis
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THE LAS VEGAS THESIS
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.
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