Aporetic and Productive Undecidedness of (Data in) Neoliberalism

Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, Marek Tesar, David Carlson, Anna Montana, Byoung Gyu Gong

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In diverging from a follow-the-heard idealism that has scholars spinning in paradox, this article opens the possibility that neoliberal data can ground themselves in the reality of being in the world via a search for the immanent other, friend, concept, or practice. This article is not concerned with a search for ultimate (data) truth, but rather aporia and the intimate act of parrhesia, or truth-telling, as it is communicated in the context of life. We hover over whether data-as-friendship can be unplanned and unrehearsed as parrhesia, and not just part of the neoliberal networking scheme to gather more data, or follow regulations of “rigor” and “rightness.” We also ponder ways in which free and deregulated data (in all friendship forms) can enable complex, creative, and critical engagements with inquiry, participants, and our environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)725-733
Number of pages9
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019


  • aporia
  • data
  • friendship
  • neoliberalism
  • parrhesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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