Discussion Question

On positionality

“This concept not only allows researchers/academics to acknowledge and account for constantly shifting personal and intellectual settings and the effects of such shifts on scholarly ‘knowledge’ and analyses, but it can also be used as a fluid location from which to construct meaning, a perspective from which values are interpreted and constructed”

How do we understand the difference between acknowledgement and accounting? Do rote acknowledgements (of privilege, of social status, of personal history etc.) force us to actually reflect, or can they also function as shorthand ways of preempting a counter argument? Does me starting a controversial point about social with the acknowledgement ‘I am a white man from a middle class family and there are things that I don’t have first hand experience with…etc. etc.’ possibly serve as a defense mechanism to defuse or frustrate actually being called to account for my own position?

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