Ethnographically Speaking: Autoethnography, Literature, and Aesthetics

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Rowman Altamira, 2002 - Computers - 412 pages
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This volume presents the latest explorations of the literary turn in ethnographic work by many of the leading people in the area. Centering on autoethnography, personal narrative, ethnographic performance, and the blending of social science and the arts, the articles collected here emphasize embodiment, experiential understanding, participatory ways of knowing, sensuous engagement, and intimate encounter. Drawing from disciplines as diverse as sociology, philosophy, performance studies, communication, family therapy, and English, the authors here demonstrate the many ways in which ethnography can be effectively conducted and expressed. The editors weave narrative and conversations surrounding the conference from which these pieces emerged into a reflexive volume which includes poetry, stories, theatre, and visual media as well as critical pieces. Accessible and jargon free, this book should excite scholars and students as to the expanding possibilities for ethnographic presentation.
  

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Contents

PERFORMING AUTOETHNOGRAPHY
35
Torch Singing As Autoethnography
44
Articulation of an Approach to Research Based Theater
57
Breaking Habits and Cultivating Home
76
VULNERABILITY IDENTITY AND NARRATIVE
87
The Therapeutic Value of Narrative Reframing
95
Autoethnography Therapy and the Telling of lives
115
Pygmalion and Galatea at the University
122
Toward a Polyphonic Narrative of the MotherDaughter Relationship
234
Autoethnography Hybridity and Aesthetics
258
Juggling life in the Grip of the Text
274
If the Color Changes 19961997
295
BETWEEN LITERATURE AND ETHNOGRAPHY
297
Beirut Letters
308
Reflections on a Fictional Ethnography
327
Men Kissing
336

Breathing Life into Work
150
Publish and Perish?
165
Reflections from a Mom with a Notepad
170
Healing and Connecting
187
A Story of Sexual Identity Transformation
191
Rebirthing Border Crossings
201
Autoethnography Selfindulgence or Something More?
209
ARTFUL INQUIRY
233
High Noon A Fictional Dialogue
344
CLOSING
357
The Metaphor Is the Message
372
AFTER
377
Name Index
393
Subject Index
399
About the Contributors
405
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Arthur P. Bochner and Carolyn Ellis are Professors of Communication, University of South Florida. They are the editors of AltaMira's series Ethnographic Alternatives.

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