Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Counseling Psychology

Committee Chair

Sara Bridges

Committee Member

Suzanne Lease

Committee Member

Susan Nordstrom

Committee Member

Archandria Owens


This study follows the affects that flow between spiritual experience, humans, and objects and conjure transformations of subjectivity. Informed by affect theory and Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of becoming, I used postqualitative methods to interview six women and femmes about their spiritual experiences, the objects associated with their experiences, and the shifts in selfhood that their experience-object assemblages produced. Transcription and analysis was led by affect, involving attunement to hot spots that served as jumping off points for writing stories connecting participant to participant and participant to researcher. Analyses revealed the presence of affect in relation to objects that serve as channels of divine communication, guidance, encouragement, and wisdom, demonstrating becomings in which participants travel outside and between traditional expectations and ways of thinking. Findings point to the utility of poststructural theories and methods as means to generate new understandings


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest.


Open Access