Possibilities

December 1, 2011

Questions for the class:

How, according to Ruth Wilson Gilmore, can we animate the hyphen between scholar and activist?

Given this is our last class, what principles for conducting community research resonate most significantly for each of you?

Over the course of this class, I have developed the following principles of ethical, engaged community research: mutuality, reciprocity, accountability, shared participation in the development, execution, analysis, and dissemination of research results, and the importance of shared vision. I will continue to struggle with and negotiate, in particular, my white privilege, educational privilege, able-bodied privilege, and citizenship privilege. Reflexivity is a key part of my research process and will be treated as such throughout the course of my dissertation.

“Community” remains a contested relationship that need not be a fixed temporal-spatial location; community can be fluid, inconsistent, temporary, and creatively (re)constructed with others. I believe the term retains its usefulness.

My final week will be spent making careful edits on my proposal to strengthen its possibility, but it remains, comfortably, a living document.

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