Reflexive voicing: a communicative approach to intersectional writing

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Intersectionality has increasing traction in interdisciplinary inquiry, yet questions remain about qualitative intersectional methods. In particular, scholars have yet to consider how to write qualitative research in the service of intersectionality. Drawing upon my disciplinary training in communication studies, I argue that the field’s theoretical grounding offers useful resources for advancing intersectional writing. Because communication theory posits that symbols both reflect and make reality, it resonates with an intersectional desire to simultaneously describe and transform the world through critical analysis. Using exemplars from communication scholars, I highlight how this interplay of approaches can advance identity politics and trouble identity categories. Furthermore this approach can help qualitative writers to link what some perceive to be distinct ‘levels’ of analysis. By discussing techniques for coupling reflexivity and voice, I make communication theory intelligible for intersectional writing and also invite communication studies to become more intersectional.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-127
Number of pages17
JournalQualitative Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • communication theory
  • intersectionality
  • qualitative methods
  • reflexivity
  • voice
  • writing


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