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Roots/Routes: Part II

Swanson, D. M.



This narrative acts as an articulation of a journey of many routes. Following Part I of the same research journey of rootedness/routedness, it debates the nature of transformation and transcendence beyond personal and political paradoxes informed by neoliberalism and related repressive globalizing discourses. Through a more personal, descriptive, and philosophical approach, the author seeks to move, in a reflexive manner, beyond the delimiting roots of deficit discourse and its unrootedness with the daily, local, and lived. Through the use of a nontraditional writing—research approach, the author explores other, less objectifying, ways of being in research and attempts to provide alternative pedagogies of possibility away from dichotomous and positivist research engagement. By confronting socially constructed knowledges and identities, and “(re)sourcing” these through “humble togetherness” (Ubuntu), the storying seeks to find a transcendent spirituality through the routes/roots of research and achieve the emergence of transformative possibilities through pedagogies of hope!. © 2009, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.


Swanson, D. M. (2008). Roots/Routes: Part II. Qualitative Inquiry, 15(1), 58-78.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2008
Deposit Date Jun 25, 2023
Journal Qualitative Inquiry
Print ISSN 1077-8004
Electronic ISSN 1552-7565
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 1
Pages 58-78
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