Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date

2020

Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Committee Member

Christian Mueller

Committee Member

Christine Eisel

Abstract

In this post-qualitative feminist study, object-interviews with women who participated in the Memphis Womens March (MWM) and nonhuman objects were used to explore the interconnections of the MWM and the women and the nonhuman objects, and the relational knowledge generated by the interconnections between humans (e.g., the women who marched, other marchers) and nonhumans (e.g., posters, banners, t-shirts, pink pussyhats, and/or photographs). This study is significant in two ways. First, this post-qualitative feminist study attends to the interconnections of the MWM and the women and the signs. Second, this study will contribute to current post-qualitative work by utilizing object-interviews to create a conversational middle space for human and nonhuman participants to share their experiences before, during, and after the MWM. Braidottis nomadic theorya posthumanist feminist theoryprovided an alternative way to think about power, difference, and change. Nomadic theory provided an opportunity to explore the interconnections of the MWM and the women and the nonhuman objects. This work provided a space where humans and nonhumans unfolded, reached out, and folded in other humans and nonhumans through positive interconnections. The positive interconnections of humans and nonhumans resulted in MWM participants resisting dominant thought by becoming political; provided a sense of community and belonging; led to empowerment and continued unfolding, reaching out, and folding in; and the transformation of negative affects into the consideration of potential affirmative futures.

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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest

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