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Innovation Beyond Borders: On Alternative Feminist Discourses of Innovation

Berglund, Karin and Pettersson, Katarina (2021). Innovation Beyond Borders: On Alternative Feminist Discourses of Innovation. Feminist encounters. 5 , 22
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In this article a feminist intervention is undertaken to mobilise alternative innovation discourses that recognise activity and passivity as enmeshed – as ‘pactive’. Activity is found to perpetuate the mainstream innovation discourse, aligned with a male construct of an active and rational being. Thus, passivity is viewed as a concept that helps problematise, analyse, negotiate and transgress the discursive borders of innovation. The study is empirically driven from ethnographic insights that emerged in two research projects conducted in Sweden over four years, comprising 50 interviews. For the purpose of this article four cases are selected as they provide strong examples of how slowness is affirmed and integrated in everyday practices of innovation where activity and passivity are entwined. To mobilise alternative feminist discourses of innovation we take inspiration from philosopher Jonna Bornemark’s concept of pactivity (a combination of activity and passivity) and Sara Ahmed’s discussion of emotions, where passivity is related to passion and openness. Applying these two lenses to the empirical cases, aspects of pactivity are analysed and four alternative discourses of innovation are mobilised, making it possible to envision innovation as a social process where people stand in relation to their non-knowing, have space to be both passive and passionate and thus are open for enactment.

Authors/Creators:Berglund, Karin and Pettersson, Katarina
Title:Innovation Beyond Borders: On Alternative Feminist Discourses of Innovation
Series Name/Journal:Feminist encounters
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:5
Article number:22
Number of Pages:12
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Gender Studies
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Keywords:innovation, feminist interrogation, passivity, activity, pactivity, innovation discourse
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-114958
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-114958
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Type of IDID
DOI10.20897/femenc/11158
ID Code:26356
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:20 Dec 2021 13:25
Metadata Last Modified:20 Dec 2021 13:31

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