creative reconstruction


Gough (1991) argues that one of the ways "to seek sustainable fictions is to invent them ourselves – to participate in the creative reconstruction of a language which foregrounds our kinship with nature. We need myths and metaphors that 'sing' the earth into existence" (p. 40).


While useful in providing spaces for what Fawcett (2000) refers to as more "ethical imaginings" (p. 134), metaphors themselves can also be limiting, acting as euphemisms which neither acknowledge the possibility nor explicitly encourage engaging other-than-human persons in research (and other) conversations, and as such, maintaining the privileged status of the human in knowledge-making. In other words, using myth and metaphor can act as a form of category maintenance, keeping boundaries between the human and other than human persons intact.