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Rhizoanalysis of Sociomaterial Entanglements in Teacher Interviews (2023)

Nikula, T., Pitkänen-Huhta, A., Sulkunen, S., & Saario, J. (2023). Rhizoanalysis of Sociomaterial Entanglements in Teacher Interviews. In J. Ennser-Kananen, & T. Saarinen (Eds.), New Materialist Explorations into Language Education (pp. 135-150). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-13847-8_8

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All authors or editorsNikula, Tarja; Pitkänen-Huhta, Anne; Sulkunen, Sari; Saario, Johanna

Parent publicationNew Materialist Explorations into Language Education

Parent publication editorsEnnser-Kananen, Johanna; Saarinen, Taina



Publication year2023

Publication date11/10/2022

Pages range135-150

Number of pages in the book190

PublisherSpringer International Publishing

Place of PublicationCham

Publication countrySwitzerland

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/83548


This chapter explores how the entangled relationship between the material and social in teachers’ perceptions of change can be empirically investigated. More specifically, the chapter adopts a DeleuzoGuattarian rhizoanalytic assemblage approach and the notion of becoming to capture the dynamic and fluid nature of social and material affects. The study re-analyses three teacher interviews from data sets originally collected for different research purposes but with the theme of change relevant in each interview. The findings show that rhizomatic analysis and approaching interviews as assemblages can yield important insights about material realities. For example, they indicate how teachers’ ways of becoming depend on complex and unpredictable intra-actions of social and material reality and how different aspects of materiality may constrain or come into conflict with each other and have agency. The chapter concludes by discussing the methodological implications of the essentially non-hierarchical rhizoanalytic approach.

Keywordsteacherslanguage learningmaterialismsocial interactionreadiness for change

Free keywordsaffects; assemblage; becoming; rhizomatic analysis; teacher interviews

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Reporting Year2023

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