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International Journal of Progressive Education, v4 n1 2008

In this paper, I problematize the inextricable relationship between how I constitute knowledge and how I articulate knowledge. Through various narrative reflections I explore my own reckoning with dominant ways of articulating knowledge that reinforce ways of constituting knowledge that are inherently strange to me. I also outline my sojourns and departures into and from emergent modes of articulating knowledge such as personal narrative and autoethnography. Even though I acknowledge the emancipator nature of these modes, I show myself in tension with them in terms of their fit with my own geographies and topographies. I conclude with a discussion of a larger project I envision which implicates new modes of articulating knowledge that assume a much larger notion of self and personhood. I argue that a larger notion of self is vital to the making of a more expansive and inclusive definition of knowledge. (Contains 2 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Epistemology, Inquiry, Phenomenology, Ethnography, Writing Processes, Discourse Modes, Literary Styles

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Author: Chawla, Devika; Rodriguez, Amardo


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