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Haunted Attachments: Embodiment and Erotics in Participatory Research

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Reflecting on a participatory action research study of risk and vulnerability in the sexual lives of incarcerated women of color, I consider the visceral and embodied desire and curiosity that emerge in participatory teaching and learning about sexuality. Drawing on the work of feminist theorists and methodologists including Avery Gordon, Ruth Behar, Robyn Weigman, and Judith Butler, I conduct a close reading of fieldnotes and transcripts research assistants and I wrote about our time in the jail. I focus on descriptions of our sexual desires, bodies, and identities and on moments when those descriptions are markedly absent, exploring how both bodies and ghosts circulate in participatory inquiry. I also consider moments in one-on-one interviews when women and my bodies were suddenly and markedly at stake—moments when women called on me to affirm their desirability, I found myself moved by their accounts of sexual pleasures, and women and I entered the familiar dynamics of lesbian eroticism. I examine not only my interactions with women during the workshops and interviews but also my efforts to later document and sometimes erase in my fieldnotes embodied experiences of sexuality research. The analysis suggests erotic and intimate curiosities may be inherent to participatory sexuality education and research and even be a generative aspect of collaborative teaching and learning.
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Fields, Jessica. "Haunted Attachments: Embodiment and Erotics in Participatory Research" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Aug 15, 2014 <Not Available>. 2016-06-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p726258_index.html>

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Fields, J. , 2014-08-15 "Haunted Attachments: Embodiment and Erotics in Participatory Research" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco, San Francisco, CA <Not Available>. 2016-06-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p726258_index.html

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Abstract: Reflecting on a participatory action research study of risk and vulnerability in the sexual lives of incarcerated women of color, I consider the visceral and embodied desire and curiosity that emerge in participatory teaching and learning about sexuality. Drawing on the work of feminist theorists and methodologists including Avery Gordon, Ruth Behar, Robyn Weigman, and Judith Butler, I conduct a close reading of fieldnotes and transcripts research assistants and I wrote about our time in the jail. I focus on descriptions of our sexual desires, bodies, and identities and on moments when those descriptions are markedly absent, exploring how both bodies and ghosts circulate in participatory inquiry. I also consider moments in one-on-one interviews when women and my bodies were suddenly and markedly at stake—moments when women called on me to affirm their desirability, I found myself moved by their accounts of sexual pleasures, and women and I entered the familiar dynamics of lesbian eroticism. I examine not only my interactions with women during the workshops and interviews but also my efforts to later document and sometimes erase in my fieldnotes embodied experiences of sexuality research. The analysis suggests erotic and intimate curiosities may be inherent to participatory sexuality education and research and even be a generative aspect of collaborative teaching and learning.


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