Deterritorializing collective biography
This paper proposes a new move in the methodological practice of collective biography, by provoking a shift beyond any remnant attachment to the speaking/ writing subject towards her dispersal and displacement via textual interventions that stress multivocality. These include the use of photographs, drama, and various genres of writing. Using a story selected from a collective biography workshop on sexuality and schooling, we document how we work across and among texts, thereby widening and shifting interpretive and subjective spaces of inquiry. We also consider how Deleuze and Guattari’s notions of territorialization/deterritorialization and the nomadic subject might be useful in theorizing such methodological moves in collective biography and our own investments in them.
Gannon, S., Walsh, S., Byers, M., & Rajiva, M. (2012). Deterritorializing collective biography. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE) (online first version). DOI:10.1080/09518398.2012.737044.