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Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives


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Writing Lives: Ethnographic and Autoethnographic Narratives publishes autoethnographic and narrative research projects across the disciplines of the human sciences—anthropology, communication, education, psychology, sociology, etc. The series editors seek manuscripts that blur the boundaries between humanities and social sciences. We encourage novel and evocative forms of expressing concrete lived experience, including literary, poetic, artistic, critical, visual, performative, multi-voiced, and co-constructed representations. We are interested in ethnographic and autoethnographic narratives that depict local stories; employ literary modes of scene setting, dialogue, character development, and unfolding action; and include the author's critical reflections on the research and writing process, such as research ethics, alternative modes of inquiry and representation, reflexivity, and evocative storytelling.
 
Prospective authors should submit a Routledge Book Proposal form, current CV, and a completed or nearly-completed manuscript to abochner@usf.edu, cellis@usf.edu, and tadams@bradley.edu.

Book proposal form: please download the 'Textbook' guidelines at https://www.routledge.com/resources/authors/how-to-publish-with-us

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Talking White Trash: Mediated Representations and Lived Experiences of White Working-Class People

Talking White Trash: Mediated Representations and Lived Experiences of White Working-Class People

Forthcoming

Tasha R. Dunn
December 05, 2018

Talking White Trash documents the complex and interwoven relationship between mediated representations and lived experiences of white working-class people—a task inspired by the author’s experiences growing up in a white working-class family and neighborhood and how she came to understand herself...

At Home with Grief: Continued Bonds with the Deceased

At Home with Grief: Continued Bonds with the Deceased

Blake Paxton
February 06, 2018

What would you say to a deceased loved one if they could come back for one day? What if you can’t just ‘move on’ from grief? At Home with Grief: Continued Bonds with the Deceased chronicles Blake Paxton’s autoethnographic study of his continued relationship with his deceased mother. In the 90s,...

Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life

Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life

Robin M Boylorn, Mark P Orbe
December 22, 2017

This volume uses autoethnography—cultural analysis through personal narrative—to explore the tangled relationships between culture and communication. Using an intersectional approach to the many aspects of identity at play in everyday life, a diverse group of authors reveals the complex nature of...

YoungGiftedandFat: An Autoethnography of Size, Sexuality, and Privilege

YoungGiftedandFat: An Autoethnography of Size, Sexuality, and Privilege

Sharrell D. Luckett
November 16, 2017

YoungGiftedandFat is a critical autoethnography of "performing thin"– on the stage and in life. Sharrell D. Luckett’s story of weight loss and gain and playing the (beautiful, desirable, thin) leading lady showcases an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to issues of weight and self-esteem,...

Autobiography of a Disease

Autobiography of a Disease

Patrick Anderson
June 09, 2017

Autobiography of a Disease documents, in experimental form, the experience of extended life-threatening illness in contemporary US hospitals and clinics. The narrative is based primarily on the author’s sudden and catastrophic collapse into a coma and long hospitalization thirteen years ago; but it...

White Folks: Race and Identity in Rural America

White Folks: Race and Identity in Rural America

Timothy J. Lensmire
June 09, 2017

White Folks explores the experiences and stories of eight white people from a small farming community in northern Wisconsin. It examines how white people learn to be ‘white’ and reveals how white racial identity is dependent on people of color—even in situations where white people have little or no...

Searching for an Autoethnographic Ethic

Searching for an Autoethnographic Ethic

Stephen Andrew
January 20, 2017

This volume is a call for integrity in autoethnographic research. Stephen Andrew weaves together philosophy, critical theory, and extended self-reflections to demonstrate how and why qualitative researchers should assess the ethical quality of their work. He also offers practical tools designed to...

Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy: Tātaihono – Stories of Māori Healing and Psychiatry

Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy: Tātaihono – Stories of Māori Healing and Psychiatry

Wiremu NiaNia, Allister Bush, David Epston
December 12, 2016

This book examines a collaboration between traditional Māori healing and clinical psychiatry. Comprised of transcribed interviews and detailed meditations on practice, it demonstrates how bicultural partnership frameworks can augment mental health treatment by balancing local imperatives with sound...

Bullied: Tales of Torment, Identity, and Youth

Bullied: Tales of Torment, Identity, and Youth

Keith Berry
April 22, 2016

In this examination of the ubiquitous practice of bullying among youth, compelling first person stories vividly convey the lived experience of peer torment and how it impacted the lives of five diverse young women. Author Keith Berry’s own autoethnographic narratives and analysis add important...

Evocative Autoethnography: Writing Lives and Telling Stories

Evocative Autoethnography: Writing Lives and Telling Stories

Arthur Bochner, Carolyn Ellis
March 21, 2016

This comprehensive text is the first to introduce evocative autoethnography as a methodology and a way of life in the human sciences. Using numerous examples from their work and others, world-renowned scholars Arthur Bochner and Carolyn Ellis, originators of the method, emphasize how to connect...

Transcribing Silence: Culture, Relationships, and Communication

Transcribing Silence: Culture, Relationships, and Communication

Kristine L Muñoz
September 15, 2014

Kristine Muñoz’s volume of short narrative works-- autoethnographies and fictional stories—explore many dimensions of silence, a crucial but often overlooked communication phenomenon, one that drives much of everyday talk and relationships. Framed by an introductory essay that synthesizes research...

Coming to Narrative: A Personal History of Paradigm Change in the Human Sciences

Coming to Narrative: A Personal History of Paradigm Change in the Human Sciences

Arthur P Bochner
April 15, 2014

Reflecting on a 50 year university career, Distinguished Professor Arthur Bochner, former President of the National Communication Association, discloses a lived history, both academic and personal, that has paralleled many of the paradigm shifts in the human sciences inspired by the turn toward...

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