Reflexivity, Austerity, and the Value of the Useless

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Voela, A. 2016. Reflexivity, Austerity, and the Value of the Useless. Psychotherapy and Politics International. 14 (1), pp. 25-37.
AuthorsVoela, A.
Abstract

In this article reflexivity is defined as a neoliberal mode of thought, often evident in our research data as a circular pattern which fails to comprehend contemporary modernity. This type of reflexivity is illustrated with reference to austerity and food poverty. The article argues that while it might be relatively easy to observe this kind of reflexivity in others, it is much more difficult to gauge its effects on the researcher's own epistemological perspective. When attempting to do so, the premises upon which we construct academic knowledge and the importance of certain data that might, at first sight, appear to be “useless” come under scrutiny. Lacanian psychoanalysis and the works of Jean Baudrillard are used in order to explore alternatives.

JournalPsychotherapy and Politics International
Journal citation14 (1), pp. 25-37
ISSN14769263
Year2016
PublisherWiley
Accepted author manuscript
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ppi.1370
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Print07 Feb 2016
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Deposited02 Mar 2016
Copyright informationThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Reflexivity, Austerity, and the Value of the Useless, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ppi.1370. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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