Community Research

“Community is one of the most motivating discourses and practices circulating in contemporary society.”  – Miranda Joseph, Against the Romance of Community (xxx)

“To invoke community is immediately to raise questions of belonging and power.”  – Miranda Joseph, Against the Romance of Community (xxiii)

“‘Community’ is ammunition in the competition for spatial identities and control by which it is necessary to secure resources for economic and social improvement.”  – Barbara Waldern, “Community Research Mythology” (69)

“… despite the ontological impossibility of identity, people do work together.”  – Miranda Joseph, Against the Romance of Community (xxx-xxxi)

“How do our political alignments, and the corresponding methodological commitments, shape the forms of knowledge that we produce?” Charles Hale, Engaging Contradictions (21)

“So much for anthropology’s agenda of participant observation—I, the anthropologist, was the object of close scrutiny.” – Joao H. Costa Vargas, Engaging Contradictions (174)

“Theory is a guide to action.” – Ruth Wilson Gilmore, “Scholar-Activists in the Mix”

“Methodologically, Gopinath’s text asks us to pay attention to ‘those who lack power, but have presence,’ to ask ‘different questions of dominant, recognizable archives and to rethink what constitutes a viable cultural archive in the first place’ (p. 57).” – McDowell on Gopinath, Impossible Desires

“One of the functions of hegemony/colonialism is to create a master narrative that serves the purpose of erasing violences that were employed to gain and maintain power—these are played out on the bodies and minds of human subjects and inform history. By ignoring ‘submerged’ histories our interpretation of present conditions is incomplete.” – Gamez on Gopinath, Impossible Desires

“When I think in terms of race/ethnicity, I now think beyond identity, community and history; I think of power also.” – Roberts on Li, Ethnoburb, and Pulido, Black, Brown, Yellow, and Left

“Academics… do not cease to become members of the community by going to work in a university.” – Bud Hall, quoted by Lisa Park and David Pellow, “Washing Dirty Laundry” (139)