Date of Award

5-10-2017

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Policy Studies

First Advisor

Jodi Kaufmann

Second Advisor

Daphne Greenberg

Third Advisor

Teri Holbrook

Fourth Advisor

Jonathan Wyatt

Abstract

By exploring how my/a tattooed body functions as becoming through the concept of bodies without organs (BwO), this work pushes the edges of qualitative inquiry. Following St. Pierre’s call to deconstruct the concepts on which qualitative research is built, this inquiry troubles the I/we of authorship and linear meaning making as it examines the tattooed body functioning as becoming a BwO. The nodal ethnography is a Deleuzo-Guattarian-based methodological inquiry in which interruptions and layers of narrative are used to create spaces for conversation between my multinodes. The tattoos on my semipermeable corporeal flesh tell multilayered stories that are constantly moving and shifting, and I (re)make meaning of these stories within, amongst, and between the nodes that constitute this disorganized body while approaching the limits of a BwO, always in progress, becoming. There is no beginning or end, only a middle, made up of lines that can be read in any order, as linearity does not live here. The Laminar Express iPhone/iPad photography application allowed for the layering of images, text, and color to rupture and even to distort the lines of ink on my body as a plane of representation adds yet another collaborative space to have dialogue(s); thus offering endless possibilities for the nodes of my ethnography to be (re)connected and (re)produced. My tattooed body evokes response from my multiselves as well as from others; ergo, I invite the reader to become a co-collaborator of this nodal ethnography, and to take lines of flight with/in this experimental space of what may appear when tattoos/images/multinodes/selves and storied lines of inked/textured text collide with Deleuzo-Guattarian theory in exploring my tattooed skin as becoming a BwO.

Interview 1.mp4 (125514 kB)
discussion of Image 1 using the Full BwO lens

Interview 2.mp4 (96430 kB)
discussion of Image 2 using the Full BwO lens

Interview 3.mp4 (122828 kB)
discussion of Image 3 using the Full BwO lens

Interview 4.mp4 (97246 kB)
discussion of Image 4 using the Full BwO lens

Interview 5.mp4 (78678 kB)
discussion of Image 1 using the Emptied BwO lens

Interview 6.mp4 (86540 kB)
discussion of Image 2 using the Emptied BwO lens

Interview 7.mp4 (12986 kB)
discussion of Image 3 using the Emptied BwO lens

Interview 8.mp4 (90140 kB)
discussion of Image 4 using the Emptied BwO lens

Snippet 1 video.mp4 (12385 kB)
Snippet 1

Snippet 2 video.mp4 (10006 kB)
Snippet 1

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