How Did I Get to Princess Margaret? (And How Did I Get Her to the World Wide Web?)

  • Kip Jones Bournemouth University
Keywords: autobiography, autoethnography, ethics, evaluation, Internet, narrative, performative social science, relational aesthetics, World Wide Web

Abstract

The paper explores the growing use of tools from the arts and humanities for investigation and dissemination of social science research. Emerging spaces for knowledge transfer, such as the World Wide Web, are explored as outlets for "performative social science". Questions of ethnics and questions of evaluation which emerge from performative social science and the use of new technologies are discussed. Contemporary thinking in aesthetics is explored to answer questions of evaluation. The use of the Internet for productions is proposed as supporting the collective elaboration of meaning supported by Relational Aesthetics. One solution to the ethical problem of performing the narrations of others is the use of the writer's own story as autoethnography. The author queries autoethnography's tendency to tell "sad" stories and proposes an amusing story, exemplified by "The One about Princess Margaret" (see http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/rt/suppFiles/281/618). The conclusion is reached that the free and open environment of the Internet sidelines the usual tediousness of academic publishing and begins to explore new answers to questions posed about the evaluation and ethics of performative social science. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs070338

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Author Biography

Kip Jones, Bournemouth University
Kip JONES (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/impressum/jones-e.htm) (BA MSc PhD) is Reader in Qualitative Social Science and Leader of the Performative Social Science Group at Bournemouth University's Centre for Qualitative Research in the UK. He is Associate Book Review Editor for FQS and Editor of the forthcoming Special Issue of FQS on Performative Social Science (May, 2008). He facilitates the online newsgroup, Performative Social Science (http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?SUBED1=performsocsci&A=1).
Published
2007-09-30
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Thematic Issue