1st Edition

Recovering Black Storytelling in Qualitative Research Endarkened Storywork

By S.R. Toliver Copyright 2022
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    This research-based book foregrounds Black narrative traditions and honors alternative methods of data collection, analysis, and representation. Toliver presents a semi-fictionalized narrative in an alternative science fiction setting, refusing white-centric qualitative methods and honoring the ways of the griots who were the scholars of their African nations.

    By utilizing Black storytelling, Afrofuturism, and womanism as an onto-epistemological tool, this book asks readers to elevate Black imaginations, uplift Black dreams, and consider how Afrofuturity is qualitative futurity. By centering Black girls, the book considers the ethical responsibility of researchers to focus upon the words of our participants, not only as a means to better understand our historic and current world, but to better situate inquiry for what the future world and future research could look like. Ultimately, this book decenters traditional, white-centered qualitative methods and utilizes Afrofuturism as an onto-epistemological tool and ethical premise. It asks researchers to consider how we move forward in data collection, data analysis, and data representation by centering how Black girls reclaim and recover the past, counter negative and elevate positive realities that exist in the present, and create new possibilities for the future.

    The semi-fictionalized narrative of the book highlights the intricate methodological and theoretical work that undergirds the story. It will be an important text for both new and seasoned researchers interested in social justice. Informed and anti-racist researchers will find Endarkened storywork a useful tool for educational, cultural, and social critiques now and in the future.


    Chapter 1 – Introduction: My Name is Jane and This is My World

    Chapter 2 – Exploring Womanism: Finding the Othermothers, Entering the Harbor

    Chapter 3 – Expanding the Literature: Speculative Maps, Activating Dreams

    Chapter 4 – Introducing the Research Partners: Black Girls and Their World

    Chapter 5 – Research Partner Stories: Bailey

    Chapter 6 – Research Partner Stories: Victoria

    Chapter 7 – Research Partner Stories: Amber

    Chapter 8 – Research Partner Stories: Talyn

    Chapter 9 – Research Partner Stories: Terrah

    Chapter 10 – Research Partner Stories: Avenae’J

    Chapter 11 – Conclusion: Going Back, Dreaming Again

    Companion 1 – Exploring the Introduction

    Companion 2 – Theory in the Word

    Companion 3 – Fictionalizing the Research Literature

    Companion 4 – The Research Partners

    Companion 5 – Concluding the Story

    Author’s Note


    S. R. Toliver is Assistant Professor of Literacy and Secondary Humanities at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her scholarship centers the freedom dreams of Black youth and honors the historical legacy that Black stories and Black imaginations have had and will have on activism and social change.