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“In taking up the topic of ethics and narrative inquiry, The Narrative Study of Lives rightfully establishes itself as the site where the most critical theoretical, methodological, and interpretive work on narrative in the human disciplines is now occurring. The editor and the contributors to this volume are to be thanked for their deeply probing, forward-looking analyses of the ethical problems that arise when researchers produce narratives about persons with whom close personal relationships have been formed.” --Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign “All of us who work with life-history narratives are grateful to Dr. Josselson and her colleagues for moving us step-by-step toward a discipline with definable ethics and methodology, and at the same time holding up for us the incredible diversity of ...

Ethnography and Hagiography: The Dialectics of Life, Story, and Afterlife
Ethnography and hagiography: The dialectics of life, story, and afterlife

Postmodern anthropology is informed by a social reality in which the boundaries between the ethnographer and the informant are being systematically eroded: the “native” as an object of analysis may become an analyzing subject (Rosaldo, 1989) and the “other” may appear as a critical reader of the ethnographic account (Clifford & Marcus, 1986; Marcus & Fischer, 1986). Under these circumstances, anthropologists have become more attentive to the reverberations of their fieldwork and particularly ethnographic writing in the lives and the social world of the people they study. The growing sensitivity to the effect of ethnographic accounts on the communities studied (and on other circles of readership ...

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