Troubling talk: assembling the PhD candidate

Mewburn, I 2011, 'Troubling talk: assembling the PhD candidate', Studies In Continuing Education, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 321-332.

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Title Troubling talk: assembling the PhD candidate
Author(s) Mewburn, I
Year 2011
Journal name Studies In Continuing Education
Volume number 33
Issue number 3
Start page 321
End page 332
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Abstract When PhD students complain it is assumed there are problems and that troubles talk is evidence of a 'sick' research candidature or culture. This paper argues that such a one-dimensional reading fails to attend closely to the academic identity work that is done when students talk together. Identity work has become a useful way of thinking about the nature of PhD study in the production of thesis texts, the development of PhD students as scholars and in the practices of everyday doctoral life. This paper extends this work by analysing various instances of PhD student 'troubles talk' in everyday interactions between peers and in online spaces where PhD students congregate. Attention to troubles talk allows us to explore how doctoral students might do academic identity work in the 'hinterlands' where academic subjectivity and other forms of subjectivity (wife, husband, parent, son, daughter etc.) start to blur into each other.
Subject Higher Education
Keyword(s) actor network theory
doctoral candidates
research education
DOI - identifier 10.1080/0158037X.2011.585151
Copyright notice © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
ISSN 0158-037X
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