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Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives


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Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives publishes narrative representations of qualitative research projects. 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 autoethnographic, literary, poetic, artistic, visual, performative, critical, multi-voiced, conversational, and co-constructed representations. We are interested in ethnographic narratives that depict local stories; employ literary modes of scene setting, dialogue, character development, and unfolding action; and include the author's critical inquiry and representation, reflexivity, and evocative storytelling. Proposals and manuscripts should be directed to abochner@cas.usf.edu.

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At Home with Grief: Continued Bonds with the Deceased

At Home with Grief: Continued Bonds with the Deceased

Forthcoming

Blake Paxton
February 12, 2018

When Blake Paxton was 18, his mother Ann died at home from a pulmonary embolism. At Home with Grief describes the continuing bonds we have with our loved ones after death, exploring experiences with prolonged grief, personal and communal memory, and family communication. After Ann’s death, Blake...

YoungGiftedandFat: An Autoethnography of Size, Sexuality, and Privilege

YoungGiftedandFat: An Autoethnography of Size, Sexuality, and Privilege

Forthcoming

Sharrell D. Luckett
November 21, 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: Tataihono – Stories of Maori Healing and Psychiatry

Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy: Tataihono – Stories of Maori 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...

Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life

Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life

Robin M Boylorn, Mark P Orbe
November 01, 2013

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...

Playing with Purpose: Adventures in Performative Social Science

Playing with Purpose: Adventures in Performative Social Science

Mary M Gergen, Kenneth J Gergen
April 30, 2012

Distilling decades of work spanning their prestigious careers, Mary M. and Kenneth J. Gergen make a strong case for enriching the social sciences through performative work. They present a unique exploration of the origins of performative social science and provide an intellectually rich overview of...

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