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Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives


About the Series

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 [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected]

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

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Writing the Self in Bereavement A Story of Love, Spousal Loss, and Resilience

Writing the Self in Bereavement: A Story of Love, Spousal Loss, and Resilience

1st Edition

By Reinekke Lengelle
December 30, 2020

In Writing the Self in Bereavement: A Story of Love, Spousal Loss, and Resilience, Reinekke Lengelle uses her abilities as a researcher, poet, and professor of therapeutic writing to tell a heartfelt and fearless story about her grief after the death of her spouse and the year and a half following ...

Lessons on Aging and Dying A Poetic Autoethnography

Lessons on Aging and Dying: A Poetic Autoethnography

1st Edition

By Ronald J. Pelias
December 08, 2020

Lessons in Aging and Dying: A Poetic Autoethnography captures the experience of being elderly and facing the end of life. The book presents a collection of poems about life’s end accompanied with narrative commentary. Organized as 73 lessons, they can be read as personal curiosities, momentary...

Critical Autoethnography Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life

Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life

2nd Edition

Edited By Robin M. Boylorn, Mark P. Orbe
November 27, 2020

Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life, Second Edition, examines the development of the field of critical autoethnography through the lens of social identity. Contributors situate interpersonal and intercultural experiences of gender, race, ethnicity, ability, ...

Gender Futurity, Intersectional Autoethnography Embodied Theorizing from the Margins

Gender Futurity, Intersectional Autoethnography: Embodied Theorizing from the Margins

1st Edition

Edited By Amber L. Johnson, Benny LeMaster
May 29, 2020

Gender Futurity, Intersectional Autoethnography showcases a collection of narrative and autoethnographic research that unpacks the complexity of gender at its intersections, i.e. by ability, race, sexuality, religion, beauty, geography, spatiality, community, performance, politics, socio-economic ...

Therapy, Stand-Up, and the Gesture of Writing Towards Creative-Relational Inquiry

Therapy, Stand-Up, and the Gesture of Writing: Towards Creative-Relational Inquiry

1st Edition

By Jonathan Wyatt
December 17, 2018

Therapy, Stand-Up, and the Gesture of Writing is a sharp, lively exploration of the connections between therapy, stand-up comedy, and writing as a method of inquiry; and of how these connections can be theorized through the author’s new concept: creative-relational inquiry. Engaging, often poignant...

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

1st Edition

By Tasha R. Dunn
December 04, 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

1st Edition

By 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, ...

YoungGiftedandFat An Autoethnography of Size, Sexuality, and Privilege

YoungGiftedandFat: An Autoethnography of Size, Sexuality, and Privilege

1st Edition

By 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

1st Edition

By 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

1st Edition

By 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

1st Edition

By 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

1st Edition

By 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...

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