A Performative-Performance Analytical Approach: Infusing Butlerian Theory into the Narrative-Discursive Method

Morison, Tracy and Macleod, C. A Performative-Performance Analytical Approach: Infusing Butlerian Theory into the Narrative-Discursive Method. Qualitative Inquiry, 19 (8). ISSN 1077-8004 (In Press)

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Abstract

Judith Butler’s theory of performativity provides gender theorists with a rich theoretical language for thinking about gender. Despite this, Butlerian theory is difficult to apply, as Butler does not provide guidance on actual analysis of language use in context. In order to address this limitation, we suggest carefully supplementing performativity with the notion of performance in a manner that allows for the inclusion of relational specificities and the mechanisms through which gender, and gender trouble, occur. To do this, we turn to current developments within discursive psychology and narrative theory. We extend the narrative-discursive method proposed by Taylor and colleagues, infusing it with Butlerian theory in order to fashion a dual analytical lens, which we call the performativity-performance approach. We provide a brief example of how the proposed analytical process may be implemented.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:narrative analysis, discursive, performativity theory, performance, gender trouble
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology
ID Code:3453
Deposited By: Roelien Clarke
Deposited On:21 Sep 2012 11:02
Last Modified:21 Sep 2012 13:58
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