Always In-between

Emke, Martina (2019). Always In-between. In: Bangou, Francis; Waterhouse, Monica and Fleming, Douglas eds. Deterritorializing Language, Teaching, Learning, and Research. Critical New Literacies: The Praxis of English Language Teaching and Learning, Volume 9. Brill, pp. 199–223.



This chapter considers the theme of deterritorializations in the context of research assemblages associated with a doctoral investigation that produced different insights into freelance language teachers’ Twitter-based professional development. This study shows how the predominant received and embedded views of human-technology relations constrain thinking-doing research. Deleuzo-Guattarian concepts of rhizome, assemblage, and becoming enable a different, relational perspective on freelance language teachers’ professional development on … and … with … and through Twitter. Interspersed with data vignettes, the chapter describes how the concept of Twitter machine reformulates the notion of networked learning, as well as how the Twitter machine disrupted the research process and produced new becoming pertaining to humans and non-humans.

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