image politics, critical race theory, performance studies, autoethnography
Arts and Humanities | Social and Behavioral Sciences
This study argues the efficacy of the phenomenological cultural work of a visual culture archaeology that liberates a political and critical identity, resistant to domination, authoring social change and its own agency through multiple and incommensurable positions. Built upon Foucauldian premises, visual culture archaeology is developed as a methodology for discursive un-naming and re-naming, and emerges from the inherence and attenuation of inscripted meanings in the reinterpretation of identity during a postmodern confluence of ideas and images. The hybridized representation of the African American in Western visual culture has been unique in the effort by some to define us over significant periods as less than human, less than American, or less than statistically significant in the purpose to maintain an unequal relation of economic and political power. This paper continues the author’s effort to establish the efficacy of a poststructural and poetic aesthetic in qualitative research writing.
Rolling, J. H. (2007). Visual culture archaeology: A criti/politi/cal methodology of image and identity. Cultural Studies↔Critical Methodologies. 7 (1), 3-25.