Ghostwriting: generating authoritative research texts in feminist post-realist research

Publisher:
Queensland University of Technology
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Journal Article
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Crossroads. An interdisciplinary journal for the study of history, philosophy, religion and classics., 2009, Special Issue from the 2008 Rhizomes Conference, 3 (2), pp. 12 - 19
Issue Date:
2009-01
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This article discusses the use of `ghostwriting' as an interview-based research practice in the context of my doctoral research project investigating the possibilities of feminist scholarship in the contemporary Australian university. Ghostwriting is put forward as a post-realist methodology that: provides an account of the research process; troubles the relationship between text and reality by maintaining, rather than resolving, tension over meaning; and which, produces authoritative research texts that reflect the lived experience of the participants, which in this instance are senior Australian feminist academics. It is argued that ghostwriting is one possible way to address the ethical imperatives of feminist research, as well as those raised by postmodern critiques of realist interviewing.
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