Becomings: Narrative Entanglements and Microsociology


  • Maria Tamboukou University of East London



Hannah Arendt, diffractions, intra-actions, micro­sociology, narra­tives, Gabriel Tarde, performa­tive social science


In this article, I look back in an art/research experiment of convening an exhibition of women artists and inviting them to a round-table discussion in the context of a sociological conference. The artists who took part in this event had been previously interviewed for a feminist research project, entitled "In the Fold Between Life and Art, a Genealogy of Women Artists". The conference exhibition gave the artists the opportunity to appear to an academic audience and present their work while the round-table discussion created a forum for a narrative event where all women were invited to recount stories of becoming an artist. In looking at this event I want to explore questions around the possibilities and limitations of narratives in microsociological inquiries. In following trails of ARENDT's theorisation of stories, I explore connections and tensions between social, political and cultural entanglements in narrative research.



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Author Biography

Maria Tamboukou, University of East London

Maria TAMBOUKOU (BA, MA, PhD) is professor of feminist studies at the University of East London. Her research activity develops in the areas of critical feminisms, auto/biographical narratives and studies in neo-materialism. Writing feminist genealogies is the central focus of her work. She is the author of four monographs and more than sixty journal articles and book chapters. Recent publications include the monograph "In the Fold between Power and Desire: Women Artists' Narratives" and the co-edited collections "Doing Narrative Research" and "Beyond Narrative Coherence".




How to Cite

Tamboukou, M. (2015). Becomings: Narrative Entanglements and Microsociology. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 16(1).



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