Mo(ve)ment-methodology: Identity formation moving beyond gang involvement

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This paper describes the theoretical basis and development of a moment-movement research methodology, based on an integration of critical psychological practice research and critical ethnographic social practice theory. The paper illustrates how the mo(ve)ment methodology was applied in a study of major identity formation and gang exit processes, done together with a former biker gang member, Martin, becoming a research apprentice and more academically reflective, while moving beyond gang involvement.
The paper empirically exemplifies the mo(ve)ment methodology presenting and analyzing one experienced moment called “Sp(l)itting on the street”. It is a moment which captures multiple and double feelings of conflictual concerns, frustrations, anger, a new feeling of insecurity of masculinity, as well as the feeling of engagement and deep meaningfulness, when becoming a more reflective academic. These various conflictual feelings, also includes a sense of being split into conflicting identities. The paper analyzes how such conflictual feelings also can be productive, and produce movements and change in identity formation through our social practice research analysis and joint venture.
The analyzed moment is placed and related to the broader conflictual struggles and processes (we call this “movements”), which includes both continuity and change in Martin’s conduct of everyday life, when moving in and across several action contexts and practice communities.
By collectively reflecting moments over time as part of our social practice research, we both study the processes of moving beyond gang involvement, and together we produce expanded agency and identity formation at the same time. We hereby develop new methodologies, while researching Martin’s movements from a high ranking biker gang member towards becoming more of a legitimate member of academia.
TidsskriftAnnual Review of Critical Psychology
Sider (fra-til)634-670
Antal sider36
StatusUdgivet - 25 nov. 2019


  • Critical ethnography, Social practice theory, Critical Psychology, Practice, Bande og kriminalitet, Socialpædagogik

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