Edited by Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos and Victoria Brooks
Chapter 22: F#cking research ethics through radical method: autoethnography and the field of environmental law
In the now official epoch of the ‘Anthropocene’, it is crucial that researchers adopt methodological strategies that are radical enough. This ‘radical enough’ is the demand of an environment which is not just ‘somewhat problematic’, but is falling apart, body-by-body. Only by really stepping into the field that is environmental law can we convincingly tell our story as though we are heading the urgency of the situation, as the more-than-humans we claim to be. Any step into the field is beset by ethical challenges and, occasionally, obstructions. This chapter arises from lessons learned autoethnographically in the field of sexuality and a challenge brought to the ethical basis of thresholds of participation. This personal method, which claims to bridge the chasm between the individual and the collective concern is fraught with ethical challenges, which I claim are not specific to sexuality research. Attractions and transgressions belong to all kinds of more-than-human desiring bodies. This means that a traditional ethical human framework inhibits the possibility of radical methodologies. ‘F#cking’ is not a banal and profane cry of resistance, but a radically orgasmic research ethic underpinning radical methodological strategies for the Anthropocene epoch.
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