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- Author or Editor: Ilaria Boncori x
In a neoliberal academia dominated by masculine ideals of measurement and performance, it is becoming more important than ever to develop alternative ways of researching and writing.
This powerful new book gives voice to non-conforming narratives, suggesting innovative, messy and nuanced ways of organizing the reading and writing of scholarship in management and organization studies. In doing so it spotlights how different methods and approaches can represent voices of inequality and reveal previously silenced topics.
Informed by feminist and critical perspectives, this will be an invaluable resource for current and future scholars in management and organization studies and other social sciences.
Contemporary academic discourses are located within the neoliberal landscape. The particular juncture of time, space and status of academia today is generating or reinforcing competitive and masculine approaches to researching, which have made the need to rethink the way we inhabit academia even more urgent. It is important to consider this landscape, because when we write it is never in isolation, even when we do it on our own – we write against the backdrop of a specific system and its sociocultural, professional or financial implications. Within this context, this chapter provides an overview of the main characteristics of contemporary neoliberal academia and focuses on some key factors – for example, hyper-performativity and the need to perform and publish according to traditional masculine understandings of research and the overarching hegemony of masculine metrics. From this discussion will emerge why researching and writing differently can be considered and used as a tool for challenging the status quo, and why it is a particularly important project now.
This second chapter focuses on researching and writing differently as a political and feminist project and as a key to unlock positive change. In order to do so, this chapter provides a brief overview of feminism, which will then be linked specifically to management and organization studies, and articulated via examples of different currents of feminist thought and literature. In particular, Black Feminism and Queer Feminism will be considered for their inclusive and political power in challenging the status quo.
While the first part of this book provided a framing background to advocate both the need for and the potential of researching and writing differently, this section will consider the many ways in which writing differently can be done with regards to the content, topics and sensibilities of academic writing. This chapter will provide an overview of Writing Differently, its various definitions and articulations. Exemplars will also be included to explore relevant conversations, with a particular focus on intersectional and interdisciplinary approaches.
This chapter will explore some key themes that are often encountered in writing differently, with exemplars from the literature. First, the chapter will provide an outline of the dynamic between time and movement. In researching, reading and writing differently, time and movement are inextricably bound with emotions and embodiment, which are also investigated here. The final section provides considerations around vulnerability, risk and exposure in researching and writing differently, with reflection on different aspects of the meaning and importance of this type of writing from an individual and collective perspective.
This chapter considers epistemological approaches that can inform researching and writing differently, and outlines some of the qualitative research methods which lend themselves to the pursuit of a Writing Differently agenda (for example, ethnography, arts-based methods, poetic and narrative inquiry, visual and performative methods). Reflections and choices around methodologies and methods are important in guiding research. As such, writing differently and, through its critiques, the establishment of positionalities around methods, and what counts as ‘scientific’ or rigorous academic research, can be seen as both methodological and political issues linked to power and inclusivity. This chapter concludes with feminist approaches to data and citation practices.
This last chapter will consider practical ways in which scholars who are interested in researching and writing differently can engage with it from the very beginning of their research journey. First, the chapter provides some reflection on the meaning of failure in the context of academia, researching and writing differently. Caring spaces and collective practices around writing differently are presented as ways to foster growth and community building. Practical aspects of researching and writing differently are also highlighted in relation to the experience of doctoral students and early-career researchers, starting with reflections on writing a doctoral study differently and publishing (journal articles, chapters and books). Finally, the chapter presents reflections on the impact that researching and writing differently can have on scholars themselves, before offering some concluding thoughts on the key points discussed in the book.