Between Dance and Detention: Ethical Considerations of Mesearch in Performance.

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Within this chapter, I explore the notion ‘mesearch’, taking its departure from sociological investigations in autoethnography and autobiograhy. First I define ‘mesearch’ as a personalised research paradigm. Second, I consider the ethical principles of mesearch which has both inward and outward perspectives, acknowledge the self in relationality to others. This reveals the central role of inter-subjectivity in terms of ethics: valuing the experience of self and of other. Third in light of the above I defend selfhood research against critiques relating to elfabsorption, misdirected solipsism and privileged navel-gazing. Finally, underpinning the theoretical frameworks on which I build the idea of ‘mesearch’ I provide practical examples found within my own work as a performance artist.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics
EditorsRon Iphofen, Martin Tolich
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks CA
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN (Print)9781473970977
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2018


  • Ethics
  • Risk
  • Mesearch
  • PaR
  • Drag
  • Queer
  • Performance
  • Dance
  • Autoethnography
  • Research
  • Drugs
  • Performing
  • Boundaries

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