Non-representational theory is one of the contemporary moment’s most influential theoretical perspectives within social and cultural theory. It is now widely considered to be the logical successor of postmodern theory, the logical development of post-structuralist thought, and the most notable intellectual force behind the turn across the social and cultural sciences away from cognition, meaning, and textuality. And yet, it is often poorly understood. This is in part because of its complexity, but also because of its limited treatment in the few volumes chiefly dedicated to it. Theories must be useful to researchers keen on utilizing concepts and analytical frames for their personal interpretive purposes. How useful non-representational theory is, in this sense, is yet to be understood. This book outlines a variety of ways in which non-representational ideas can influence the research process, the very value of empirical research, the nature of data, the political value of data and evidence, the methods of research, the very notion of method, and the styles, genres, and media of research.
Table of Contents
Foreword Tim Ingold 1. Non-Representational Research Methodologies: An Introduction Phillip Vannini 2. New England Red Kathleen Stewart 3. Atmospheric Methods Ben Anderson and James Ash 4. Against Method Erin Manning 5. Listening to Fish: More-Than-Human Politics of Food Elspeth Probyn 6. Devices for Doing Atmospheric Things Derek P. McCormack 7. Enlivening Ethnography Through the Irrealis Mood: In Search of a More-Than-Representational Style Phillip Vannini 8. Vital Methodologies: Live Methods, Mobile Art, and Research-Creation Mimi Sheller 9. The Datalogical Turn Patricia Ticineto Clough, Karen Gregory, Benjamin Haber and R. Joshua Scannell 10. Irrevocable Loss Alphonso Lingis Afterword: Non-Representational Theory and Me Too Hayden Lorimer
Phillip Vannini is Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography, and Professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University, Canada.