Using Critical Praxis and Activism to Create Uncomfortable Spaces
Chapter 7: Remining the Evidence in Search of Fresh Finds
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REMINING THE EVIDENCE IN SEARCH OF FRESH FINDS
Chapters 1, 5, and 6 presented the bulk of the evidence for this study. They merged personal and public stories, observations, recollections, destination studies, school reports, critical analyses, and my experiential and emotional journey of being an insider activist researcher as a means of coming to know Who am I? What is? What could or should be? What can I do about it? and How do others see me as a result of what I’ve done? (see Figure 4.1, p. 59). The purpose of this chapter is to conduct a macro-analysis of the evidence gathered and generated by this study. Chapter 7 continues to blur the boundaries between analysis and evidence by revisiting, reexamining, and remining the evidence whilst looking for points of overlap and bifurcation. In this chapter the links between discursive constructions of gender, ideological belief systems, power asymmetries, and the capacity the researcher has for inspiring transformational thinking and action are made explicit.
The first section of Chapter 7 fossicks through the evidence to explore how gender was being ideologically produced and reproduced through the texts, social structures, and cultural and discursive practices of Wheatville. The second section fossicks through the evidence to illuminate the transformative potential of communally unsettling phallocentric discourses of white male entitlement within and across a community, and the final section ← 183 | 184 → fossicks through the evidence in order to deepen understandings of how I positioned, and was...
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