How to discomfort a worldview: symmetric dispositifs and wildlife pictures. Two thinking exercises (plus one) for achieving estrangement.
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This chapter proposes two thinking exercises –or techniques –to nurture researchers’ ability to discomfort (their) worldviews: symmetric dispositifsand wildlife pictures. We believe that these thinking exercises can help us, and maybe other researchers, to achieve estrangement;i.e. to produce descriptions of our research objects that make themopen to new, and possibly alternative,relations with them and among them. Our efforts are not to deny or debunk worldviews, but rather to provisionally break them apart, to destabilize them, to separate the worldsfrom the views, and then reunite them by emphasizing their constant and dynamic mutual construction.Practicing and embracing estrangement may help revive the desire to explore, test and fasten alternative worldview relationships, and –especially when security and surveillance technologies are at stake –it may highlight the (absurd) mechanisms of the power relations of everyday life.