Research Ethics of Becoming: Approaches Beyond Moral Laws
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Original versionJohansson L, Hall J.B.. Research Ethics of Becoming: Approaches Beyond Moral Laws. International review of Qualitative Research. 2020;12(4):413-432 https://dx.doi.org/10.1525/irqr.2019.12.4.413
This paper explores the post-qualitative notion of “ethics of becoming” through a critique of common understandings of ethical approaches to research. By applying Deleuze’s reading of Spinoza, the ethics of becoming are discussed using empirical examples from field studies. Attention is given to how ethically challenging moments arise in the imminent space beyond humanism, in which commonly acknowledged handbooks insufficiently prepare the researcher for what is to (be)come. The analysis demonstrates that an ethic of becoming does not direct attention toward moments of stability, as universal ethics usually do, but toward the situation of becomings, and of new relations which are created in the moments of research.