In this article, I (re)constructed and (re)presented a dialogic inquiry among my chimeric selves engaged in a study which I conducted from 2013 to 2017 to examine teaching experiences of graduates from a social justice-oriented preservice program. I interrogated the roles of my different, disparate, and discontinuous selves in the research process – as a former teacher, a former instructor of my research participants, a researcher with particular academic and political opinions, and as a foreigner working toward a doctoral degree from/in a U.S. higher education institution. In this article, I demonstrated how my chimeric selves with conflicting desires and agendas merged and clashed in the research process. I also portrayed how my chimeric selves added layers to the complex relationship between the participants and me and, accordingly, how power relations in the research were momentary and uncontrollably shifting.
ethnography self-reflexivity, researcher subjectivity, power relations, poststructuralism, postcolonialism
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Um, S. (2021). The Chimera: Multiple Selves, Conflicting Desires, and Fluctuating Power Relations in Qualitative Research. The Qualitative Report, 26(5), 1693-1704. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4705