Bringing our communities to the research table: the liberatory potential of collaborative methodological practices alongside LGBTQ participants

T. J. Jourian, Z. Nicolazzo

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Abstract

Research on and about queer people and topics in higher education continues to evolve, expand, and push boundaries on identity, policy, and programming, increasingly informed by our narratives and experiences. Thus far, this work has done little to dismantle the imposed binary of researcher and subject(s), relegating queer research and practice as something that is done ‘on,’ ‘to,’ or ‘for’ queer people, rather than ‘with’ them. Collaborative ethnographic methodologies and communities of practice (CoP) provide alternative modes of scholarship and practice that build queer people’s agency through active involvement in research and social change processes. Situated in two of our own examples, our purpose is to explore big questions and raise even more. This article calls for a further queering of LGBTQ research in higher education by utilizing collaborative methodologies such as CoP and collaborative ethnography to improve the strategies, practices, and knowledge of campus queer communities and imagining new democratic and liberatory realities together.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)594-609
Number of pages16
JournalEducational Action Research
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 8 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • collaborative methodologies
  • higher education
  • LGBTQ

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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