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The Politics of becoming: . . . making time . . .

Pearce, Cathie and Kidd, Debora and Patterson, Rebecca and Hanley, Una (2012) The Politics of becoming: . . . making time . . . Qualitative Inquiry, 18 (5). pp. 418-426. ISSN 1552-7565

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Abstract

This article seeks to explore a politics of becoming. Emphasizing the dynamics of both time and the affects produced with it, we engage by following the questions that are taken up, which bubble through the middle and which niggle at the margins of our thoughts. In sensing out the imperatives that seek to tie emotions to subjects, we argue that there is also an imperative for researchers and scholars to inquire into their own and we do so with a specific project in mind—that of reconstituting the conditions of hope that we want to argue are key for any educative role. Deleuze’s three syntheses of time have enabled us to consider both retrospective and prospective trajectories in ways that prevent any simple linear, mechanistic, or deterministic patterning. As we reevaluate and explore emotion’s reliance on subjectivity, we also search for the impersonal affects that connect.

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