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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 ...

Telling from Behind Her Hand: African American Women and the Process of Documenting Concealed Lives
Telling from behind her hand: African American women and the process of documenting concealed lives

Breaking out of silence means more than being empowered to speak or to write, it also means controlling the form as well as the content of one's own communication, the power to develop and to share one's own unique voice.

Marsha Houston and Cheris Kramarae (1991, p. 389)

Exploration of the inner workings or process of interview-based research is at once intriguing and intimidating. For oral history narratives in particular, it is intriguing because we have the rare opportunity to examine the intricacies of collaboration as well as the quality of the final product.

On the other hand, it ...

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