Recovering Black Storytelling in Qualitative Research Endarkened Storywork
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