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Research as Praxis

My engagement with Gramscian theory in my research has further shaped my identity as a feminist researcher. As Ledwith (2009) notes, Gramsci’s theory of hegemony “offered feminists a conceptual lead on the personal as political’ (p. 686).3 Considering my role as an academic researcher, the concept of “research as praxis” (Salamini 1981; Lather 1986) is useful in explaining how my academic journey has intertwined with my identity as a feminist. According to Lather (1986), “praxis-oriented inquirers seek emancipatory knowledge. Emancipatory knowledge increases awareness of contradictions hidden or distorted by everyday understandings, and in doing so it directs attention to the possibilities for social transformation inherent in the present configuration of social processes” (p. 259). She also notes that “not only must theory illuminate the lived experience of progressive social groups; it must also be illuminated by their struggles” (Lather 1991, p. 55).4 The idea of research as praxis is taken into account throughout this chapter by discussing my research, which has focused on the periods of neoliberalisation and globalisation. It may be a helpful conceptual tool in considering the ways in which I have been educated, harnessed cultural capital, and developed my research activities.

 
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