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Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries: The Case for Pragmatic Assemblages

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Identity, Disadvantage and Empowerment: New Thinking * * * ESRC Identities and Social Action Programme runs from 2004 to December 2008 25 projects explores emerging identity trends research on identity and community cohesion, social exclusion, and civil and political involvement * * * ESRC Identities and Social Action Programme large-scale quantitative surveys social psychological laboratory experiments analysis of ‘grey’ literature and archival research psychoanalytic observation methods ethnography micro-discourse studies and social interaction narrative analysis and biographical qualitative research * * * An unproductive strategy? ‘Levels’ or ‘Layers’ of Analysis Reference: Jennifer Mason (2006) ‘Six strategies for mixing methods and linking data in social sciences research: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Working Paper. * * * Three Definitions “The most basic questions about identity call for a more general re-examination of the relation between personal experience and public meanings – subjective choices and evaluations on the one hand, and objective social locations on the other.” Satya Mohanty “…the unstable point at which the ‘unspeakable’ stories of subjectivity, meet the narratives of history and of culture.” Stuart Hall “an understanding of one’s place within a system of social relations along with the proper and possible actions that flow from such a position.” Stephen Reicher and Nick Hopkins * * * Problems with Levels of Analysis Thinking trying to work dialogically with the aim of integration but beginning from stabilised disciplinary differences assumes a neutral all–seeing position – that it is possible to see ‘everything from nowhere’ there is not one object (identities) to be discovered but many objects protected by each group of knowledge workers leads to often fruitless arguments about reductionism, knowledge hierarchies and basic causes yet accepting the incommensurability of ‘levels’ an

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