Positionality in postdigital research: the power to effect change

Hayes, S ORCID: 0000-0001-8633-0155 (2023) 'Positionality in postdigital research: the power to effect change.' In: Jandrić, P, MacKenzie, A and Knox, J, eds. Constructing postdigital research: method and emancipation. Springer, Cham, pp. 3-21. ISBN 9783031354106

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-35411-3_1


Conducting postdigital research opens up an endless range of diverse topics and possible methodological approaches. This is a strength and a barrier to furthering powerful, disruptive opportunities for concrete forms of political change that the idea of the postdigital offers. As a messy, universal concept, the postdigital remains open to diverse, cultural interpretations of what to research, and how to research it, an inclusive space where all may contribute to postdigital dialogue. Yet to effect meaningful change our collaborative, edgeless, community also requires concrete examples of studies, that are in dialogue with the diverse, postdigital positionalities of each researcher. By postdigital positionality, I refer to a personal stance and critically reflexive conviction by each individual to meaningfully engage with their own identity, values and potential bias, as they conduct postdigital research within a neoliberal, data-driven, digitally unequal society, where culture wars rage. Following an exploration of the individual nature of postdigital research through positionality, the political economic structure that surrounds postdigital research is considered alongside the potential role of postdigital decoloniality research. A model of personal and community postdigital positionality is presented, with attention in particular to where the language of postdigital positionality engages with the language of postdigital community.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: postdigital positionality, community, identity, reflexivity, bias, postdigital assumptions, human, posthuman, postdigital discourse, postdigital equivalence, biodigital, decolonisation, policy, funding, postdigital political economy, hauntology, postdigital esteem
Divisions: School of Education
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2023 08:28
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 08:28
URI / Page ID: https://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/15651
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