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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 ...

The Tale of the Anthropologist and the Kumina Queen: Two Voices in an Ethnographic Interview
The tale of the anthropologist and the Kumina queen: Two voices in an ethnographic interview

This is the story of an ethnographic interview that took place in Waterloo, Sligoville, Jamaica, during the summer of 1992. I, the interviewer (and now the author of this chapter), was a graduate student at my first experience in the field. I wanted to collect data on Kumina, an Afro-Jamaican religion with highly “African” (Moore, 1953, pp. 1–2) traits, such as drumming, dancing and singing, spirit possession, sacrifice of the goat, and ritual use of an African language. The interviewee was Queenie, Jamaica's most famous Kumina queen. The third person participating in the event was a ...

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