ABSTRACT

A few years ago, while sipping coffee in the halls of a convention center a friend introduced me as a “materialist methodologist.” As introductions go, one could certainly do worse. At the same time, when the inevitable question came—“so, what does a materialist methodologist do anyway?”—I found myself at a bit of a loss. Over time, this identification seems to have stuck with me and I have grown accustomed to its association with my position in the academy. (I also tend to like alliteration and repetition, so there’s that.) In some ways, then, this chapter extends from the previous in order to help build a response to this pesky notion of materialist methodologies, not in order to achieve definitional status, but rather to unpack the multiple layers that go into such a phrase in order to, in some way, understand its effects.