Challenges of 'thinking differently' with rhizoanalytic approaches: A reflexive account

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Growing numbers of educational researchers are using rhizoanalytic approaches based on the work of Deleuze and Guattari to think differently in their research practices. However, as those engaging in debates about post-qualitative research suggest, thinking differently is not without its challenges. This paper uses three complex challenges encountered in the author's doctoral research – concerned with the early childhood education workforce – to reflexively explore some of the implications of thinking differently with rhizoanalytic approaches. In particular, the author discusses ways of making correctives to: repetition and thinking differently, ways that subjects are produced as-and-in-assemblages, and, immanent ethics. The paper concludes with some possible implications of these challenges and correctives for research practices, and for debates about post-qualitative research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-148
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Research and Method in Education
Issue number2
Early online dateMar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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