(Re)emerging subjectivities : a postmodern feminist perspective on subjectivity, agency and change

Gilmore, Jennifer. (2003). (Re)emerging subjectivities : a postmodern feminist perspective on subjectivity, agency and change PhD Thesis, School of Social Work and Applied Human Sciences, The University of Queensland.

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Author Gilmore, Jennifer.
Thesis Title (Re)emerging subjectivities : a postmodern feminist perspective on subjectivity, agency and change
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Work and Applied Human Sciences
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2003
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Mai McCouat
Colin Peile
Yvonne Darlington
Total pages 289
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subjects L
370200 Social Work
750300 Community Service (excl. Work)
Formatted abstract
The impact of postmodemism in social theory has led to a reconceptualisation of approaches to knowledge generation and subjectivity. This thesis is particularly concerned with the nature of subjectivity and its role in agency and social change.

The central themes in this thesis have shifted over time and this research reflects the changing context of theory and knowledge development more generally. While this research has consistently been located in a critique of positivism and many aspects of Enlightenment thought, many of my earlier assumptions reflected modernist views of truth and a desire for universal theorising based on a linear view of progress leading to emancipation. However, during the research, contradictions and inconsistencies appeared in my encounters with research participants, highlighting the inadequacies of modernist views of truth and universal approaches to theorising. These developments resulted in a reconceptualisation of the central themes of this research consistent with the postmodern challenge to metanarratives and the unified subject of modernism.

Theoretically and methodologically this work is located within postmodern feminist approaches, utilising feminist personal narrative and narrative analysis in research with youth workers and young people. The research emphasises researcher subjectivity and reflection and the role of the researcher as an active participant in the research.

The findings of this research suggest that a capacity for agency in the decentered subject of postmodernism may develop through a person's conscious and reflective relationship with multiple subjective constructions. Importantly, the discourse of pain and vulnerability may hold subversive potential in disrupting dominant social discourses of subjectivity and truth, leading to possibilities for political action and change.
Keyword Subjectivity
Additional Notes

Variant title: Reemerging subjectivities

Document type: Thesis
Collection: UQ Theses (RHD) - UQ staff and students only
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