Ethical intra-activity in and among apparatuses – using a study of sexualized digital abuse as an example

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New materialist conceptualizations of the enactment of phenomena emphasize intra-activity among matter and discourse, and subject and culture, and replaces dichotomies with a focus upon the dynamic and open-ended material-discursive apparatuses that produce the phenomena we study. Hence also the neologism ‘ethico-onto-epistemology’ (Barad).
In this paper I discuss how this analytical approach also challenges the ways in which qualitative research use to go about matters of ethics. Using a study on sexual digital abuse I discuss how affordances connected with human relating (anonymizing practices, ‘doing no harm’ etc.) transform and expand into new ambitions focusing not only the intra-acting human but also the non-human forces in and among apparatuses. The aim is an ethico-analytical movement which expands ambitions to also include considerations about the effects of the researcher’s intra-activity upon 1. the vitality of intra-activity among all the other (human and non-human) forces involved, 2. the potential vitalization of dignity promoting practices of all forces with a specific focus upon human intra-activity whether being of (in the chosen example) violating or victimized character and 3. the potentially vitalizing effects made (im)possible by the researcher’s efforts to increase intra-activity among otherwise disparate apparatuses.
My example will be a study of sexualized digital abuse (e.g. slutshaming) featuring a range of intra-acting forces and elements at work in dramatic negotiations of gender. The intra-activity includes technological intentionality (Verbeek, Ihde); sex/gender discourses (Butler) and assymmeties (Haavind); shame (Sedgwick); bio-matter, reproductive potentials as well as current asymmetries involved in educational gendered positioning among children and young people.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year22 Aug 2017
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2017
EventInternatioinal Society for Theoretical Psychology, ISTP, Tokyo, 2017: 'The Ethos of Theorizing' - Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 21 Aug 201725 Aug 2017


ConferenceInternatioinal Society for Theoretical Psychology, ISTP, Tokyo, 2017: 'The Ethos of Theorizing'
LocationRikkyo University

    Research areas

  • qualitative research, qualitative ethics, new materialism, material-discursive entanglement, sexualized digital abuse, Judith Butler, Karen Barad

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