I’m starting to think that I may need to lose the word “emancipation” from my thesis question. It tends to drag the research back to the Enlightenment and struggle. Since then much has been written about the creation of the self and subjectivity which has moved understandings beyond a static self and emancipatory struggle to much more complex and subtle notions of what it means to “be”.
As I read more of Foucault, Giddens, Poster, and Derida I think I’ll come up with a replacement word. Nonetheless the basic direction of the research remains unchanged.