Deleuze, Concept Formation, and the Habit of Shorthand Inquiry

Christopher M. Schulte

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Informed by Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophical sense of the concept, this article challenges the tendency to desire for, rationalize, and use qualitative research methodology as a day-to-day concept—a readymade habit that gets legitimized as a form of shorthand for the experience of thinking and doing methodological work. Specifically, this article purposes to (a) provide an orientation to both everyday and philosophical concepts; (b) consider the distinct usage and interplay of these conceptual practices in relation to qualitative research methodology; (c) introduce and discuss the three ages of Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophical sense of the concept (i.e., the encyclopedia, pedagogical, and commercial professional training) as a means to encounter, think, and do research methodology as a problematic form; and (d) draw on personal memory and existing research and theory, as well as the performative sculptures of Charles Garoian, as a means to activate research methodology as a conceptual practice, one that must be continually created.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-202
Number of pages9
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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