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Queer in the Field: On Emotions, Temporality, and Performativity in Ethnography

Queer in the Field: On Emotions, Temporality, and Performativity in Ethnography This article is a reflection on a year of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in and around a lesbian and gay community center in London. The research was concerned with the ways in which working class lesbian and bisexual women experience the meanings of their sexual identities on an everyday basis. I conducted participant observation in a variety of settings. Activities I took part in included volunteering at the center and running sexualities discussion groups, and photographic workshops with lesbian and bisexual women. In this article I explore the epistemological, ontological, and ethical dimensions of ethnographic research. I argue here that queer ethnography is not merely ethnography that has focus on researching queer lives, it is also a matter of taking queer theory seriously in order to question the conventions of ethnographic research, specifically the stability and coherence of the ethnographic self and performativity of the ethnographic self in writing and doing research. To queer ethnography then, is to bend the established orientation of ethnography in its method, ethics, and reflexive philosophical principles. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Lesbian Studies Taylor & Francis

Queer in the Field: On Emotions, Temporality, and Performativity in Ethnography

Journal Of Lesbian Studies , Volume 13 (2): 12 – Apr 13, 2009
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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1540-3548
eISSN
1089-4160
DOI
10.1080/10894160802695338
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19363761
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Abstract

This article is a reflection on a year of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in and around a lesbian and gay community center in London. The research was concerned with the ways in which working class lesbian and bisexual women experience the meanings of their sexual identities on an everyday basis. I conducted participant observation in a variety of settings. Activities I took part in included volunteering at the center and running sexualities discussion groups, and photographic workshops with lesbian and bisexual women. In this article I explore the epistemological, ontological, and ethical dimensions of ethnographic research. I argue here that queer ethnography is not merely ethnography that has focus on researching queer lives, it is also a matter of taking queer theory seriously in order to question the conventions of ethnographic research, specifically the stability and coherence of the ethnographic self and performativity of the ethnographic self in writing and doing research. To queer ethnography then, is to bend the established orientation of ethnography in its method, ethics, and reflexive philosophical principles.

Journal

Journal Of Lesbian StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Apr 13, 2009

Keywords: queer; ethnography; reflexivity; sexualities; lesbian; bisexual; everyday; identity; subjectivity

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