Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives

Series Editors:

Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives publishes narrative representations of qualitative research projects. The series editors seek manuscripts that blur the boundaries between humanitites 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 reflections on the research and writing process, such as research ethics, alternative modes of inquiry and representation, reflexivity, and evocative storytelling. Proposals and manuscripts should be directed to abochner@cas.usf.edu.

  • At Home with Grief: Continued Bonds with the Deceased book cover

    At Home with Grief

    Continued Bonds with the Deceased

    By Blake Paxton

    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,…

    Paperback – 2018-02-12 
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  • YoungGiftedandFat: An Autoethnography of Size, Sexuality, and Privilege book cover

    YoungGiftedandFat

    An Autoethnography of Size, Sexuality, and Privilege

    By Sharrell D. Luckett

    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,…

    Paperback – 2017-11-21
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  • Autobiography of a Disease book cover

    Autobiography of a Disease

    By Patrick Anderson

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-06-09
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  • White Folks: Race and Identity in Rural America book cover

    White Folks

    Race and Identity in Rural America

    By Timothy J. Lensmire

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-06-09
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  • Searching for an Autoethnographic Ethic book cover

    Searching for an Autoethnographic Ethic

    By Stephen Andrew

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-01-20
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  • Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy: Tataihono – Stories of Maori Healing and Psychiatry book cover

    Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy

    Tataihono – Stories of Maori Healing and Psychiatry

    By Wiremu NiaNia, Allister Bush, David Epston

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-12-12
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  • Bullied: Tales of Torment, Identity, and Youth book cover

    Bullied

    Tales of Torment, Identity, and Youth

    By Keith Berry

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-04-22
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  • Evocative Autoethnography: Writing Lives and Telling Stories book cover

    Evocative Autoethnography

    Writing Lives and Telling Stories

    By Arthur Bochner, Carolyn Ellis

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-03-21
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  • Transcribing Silence: Culture, Relationships, and Communication book cover

    Transcribing Silence

    Culture, Relationships, and Communication

    By Kristine L Muñoz

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-09-15
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  • Coming to Narrative: A Personal History of Paradigm Change in the Human Sciences book cover

    Coming to Narrative

    A Personal History of Paradigm Change in the Human Sciences

    By Arthur P Bochner

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-04-15
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  • Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life book cover

    Critical Autoethnography

    Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life

    Edited by Robin M Boylorn, Mark P Orbe

    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…

    Paperback – 2013-11-01
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  • Playing with Purpose: Adventures in Performative Social Science book cover

    Playing with Purpose

    Adventures in Performative Social Science

    By Mary M Gergen, Kenneth J Gergen

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-04-30
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  • Life After Leaving: The Remains of Spousal Abuse book cover

    Life After Leaving

    The Remains of Spousal Abuse

    By Sophie Tamas

    After leaving her twelve-year marriage, Sophie Tamas went to the local women's shelter to ask if she had been abused. The result is Life after Leaving, a performative, arts-based journey into the aftermath of spousal abuse and the endless struggle to make sense of loss. We see Sophie's world—the…

    Paperback – 2011-07-01
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  • Leaning: A Poetics of Personal Relations book cover

    Leaning

    A Poetics of Personal Relations

    By Ronald J Pelias

    Ronald J Pelias explores leaning as a metaphor for analyzing interpersonal interaction. Bodies leaning toward one another are engaged, developing the potential for long-lasting, meaningful relationships. But this ideal is not often realized. Pelias makes use of a wide variety of tools such as…

    Paperback – 2011-03-01
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  • Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same-Sex Attraction book cover

    Narrating the Closet

    An Autoethnography of Same-Sex Attraction

    By Tony E Adams

    Motivated by the death of his partner, Adams seeks to redefine the closet as a relational construct between all people and all sexualities. The closet is explored at each stage—entering it, inhabiting it, and coming out of it—and strategies are offered for reframing difficult closet experiences.…

    Paperback – 2011-02-28
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  • Writing Qualitative Inquiry: Self, Stories, and Academic Life book cover

    Writing Qualitative Inquiry

    Self, Stories, and Academic Life

    By H.L. Goodall Jr

    Responding to the rapid growth of personal narrative as a method of inquiry among qualitative scholars, Bud Goodall offers a concise volume of practical advice for scholars and students seeking to work in this tradition. He provides writing tips and strategies from a well-published, successful…

    Paperback – 2009-04-15
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  • Accidental Ethnography: An Inquiry into Family Secrecy book cover

    Accidental Ethnography

    An Inquiry into Family Secrecy

    By Christopher N Poulos

    Each family has its secrets, ones that shape family communication and relationships in a way generally unknown to the outsider and often the family itself. Autoethnographers, students of these relationships, confront many silences in their attempts to understand these social worlds. It is often the…

    Paperback – 2008-12-31
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  • Revision: Autoethnographic Reflections on Life and Work book cover

    Revision

    Autoethnographic Reflections on Life and Work

    By Carolyn Ellis

    Carolyn Ellis is the leading writer in the move toward personal, autobiographical writing as a strategy for academic research. In addition to her landmark books Final Negotiations and The Ethnographic I, she has authored numerous stories that demonstrate the emotional power and academic value of…

    Paperback – 2008-12-15
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  • Guyana Diaries: Women's Lives Across Difference book cover

    Guyana Diaries

    Women's Lives Across Difference

    By Kimberly D Nettles

    Guyana Diaries narrates the life histories of members of the Red Thread Development Corporation, a group of women activists in the Caribbean. Kimberly Nettles, an African American researcher, explores the impact of their work on these women’s lives and, in the process, discovers differences of…

    Paperback – 2008-09-15
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  • Trickster in Tweed: The Quest for Quality in a Faculty Life book cover

    Trickster in Tweed

    The Quest for Quality in a Faculty Life

    By Thomas S Frentz

    How do academics survive the bureaucracy, the petty jealousies, the absurdities of operating in the university? More important, how do they, as humans, cope with the darker shadows that enter professional lives-- illness, sorrow, death? Coyote, The Trickster, a well known figure in the American…

    Paperback – 2008-05-15
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  • Last Writes: A Daybook for a Dying Friend book cover

    Last Writes

    A Daybook for a Dying Friend

    By Laurel Richardson

    Betty Frankel Kirschner succumbed to emphysema one day in June. She had been a long-term professor at Kent State University, founding member of the feminist caucus in sociology, a political activist, a chain smoker. Close friend Laurel Richardson, a key figure in literary turn in ethnographic…

    Paperback – 2007-08-31
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  • Intimate Colonialism: Head, Heart, and Body in West African Development Work book cover

    Intimate Colonialism

    Head, Heart, and Body in West African Development Work

    By Laurie L Charlés

    Laurie Charlés finished her Ph.D., then took off to West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. Asked to create programs to help adolescent girls stay in school, she found herself enmeshed in the politics and cultural barriers that prevent these girls from creating a better life. But that was not all…

    Paperback – 2007-05-15
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  • Erotic Mentoring: Women's Transformations in the University book cover

    Erotic Mentoring

    Women's Transformations in the University

    By Janice Hocker Rushing

    They’re everywhere in the academy: young, bright women mentored by older scholars, usually men, who attempt to mold them into their own masculine ideals. Janice Hocker Rushing’s study of over 200 women and their life transformations is the subject of this eloquent book. Using the tropes of…

    Paperback – 2005-12-15
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