Big data: and the micropolitics of entanglement in the Earth’s becoming

Margaret Somerville*, Annette Woods, Iris Duhn, Pauliina Rautio, Sarah Powell, Alison McConnell-Imbriotis, Sarita Galvez

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This paper addresses the entanglements of the earth’s becoming in a multi site cross hemisphere study of the infinite moments of young children’s world making, recorded in multimodal videos, still images, and children’s productions. The postqualitative project was informed by new materialist and posthuman theorising. The researchers conducted their research at seven different early learning centres in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, and Finland. At the end of the project the researchers came together to make sense of the data across all sites and realised that their postqualitative data was BIG and that their ‘little big data’ was generated in the context of the increasing impact of ‘big Big Data1.’ We discuss our approaches to posthuman and new materialist big data in order to create a conversation between the two and to highlight the alternative methodological processes we developed to make sense of large bodies of postqualitative data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-294
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number4
Early online date23 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2021


  • Big Data
  • postqualitative research
  • micropolitics
  • entanglements
  • Earth’s becoming


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