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A method of intuition: becoming, relationality, ethics

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A method of intuition : becoming, relationality, ethics. / Coleman, Rebecca.

In: History of the Human Sciences, Vol. 21, No. 4, 11.2008, p. 104-123.

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Coleman, R 2008, 'A method of intuition: becoming, relationality, ethics', History of the Human Sciences, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 104-123. https://doi.org/10.1177/0952695108095514

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Coleman, Rebecca. / A method of intuition : becoming, relationality, ethics. In: History of the Human Sciences. 2008 ; Vol. 21, No. 4. pp. 104-123.

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abstract = "This article examines social research on the relations between (young) women's bodies and images through Bergson's method of intuition, which suggests that the only way a thing can be known is through coinciding with the uniqueness of its becoming. I suggest that in this aim, intuition is, necessarily, an intimate research method. Rather than apply Bergson's argument to this area of social research, I examine the resonances between his philosophical method and the moves within social research to attend to the performativity, creativity or inventiveness of research methods. With a focus on my own research, which explored the relations between 13 girls' bodies and images from a feminist-Deleuzian position, I argue here that the interconnected issues of becoming, uniqueness and coincidence that Bergson raises connect with concerns in social research about ontology, concepts and methods. In particular, I suggest that relationality is crucial to these connections. Drawing through the significance of relations, I argue that intimate, intuitive research is desirable because of the ethics that it opens up and enables; ethics intimate in attention to the becoming unique to the object at stake in research and in the attempt to coincide with this uniqueness.",
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