Subjectivity

Authored by: Aoileann Ní Mhurchú

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Citizen Media

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138665569
eBook ISBN: 9781315619811
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315619811-67

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Abstract

This entry discusses how we can understand ‘subjectivity’ as a process that is as linked to contestation and difference rather than rather than as a presence linked to status and essence. It considers how several bodies of research, including postcolonialism/decolonialism, poststructuralism and feminism have helped us come to this understanding of subjectivity. We come to understand subjects from this perspective as made by the acts they engage in rather than pre-existing those acts. The entry examines creative practices linked to vernacular language and music – that are practices increasingly recognized as interventions into static and more fixed understandings about identity, belonging and community to consider why an understanding of subjectivity as process is useful. It argues that it is useful as it helpfully enables us to reflect on dynamic understandings of subjecthood and move beyond static limited ideas of identity.

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