Performing reflexive caring: rethinking reflexivity through trauma and disability

Kate Lockwood Harris, James Michael Fortney

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You care about difference. In this exigent mood we begin to rework reflexivity through disability and trauma studies. Using performative writing, we trouble you, me, and we in order to uncouple analytical rigor from individual bodies and identities. As we consider violence, injury, and ability, we complicate an imperative for personal disclosure. While continuing to insist on accountability to privilege, we highlight queer vulnerabilities, alternative representation, and non-normative emotion. We draw together readers and writers in a recursive textual process, a feminist ethic attentive to inequality and suffering. We call this methodological presence with others reflexive caring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-34
Number of pages15
JournalText and Performance Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017


  • Disability
  • feminist ethic of care
  • intersectionality
  • reflexivity
  • trauma
  • violence

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