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Expressions of Ethnography
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Expressions of Ethnography embraces the idea that alternative genres may be used to express culture. Using examples of a wide variety of cultural phenomena, contemporary ways to practice ethnography, and novel forms of expressing the cultural experience, the book offers an eclectic mix of short stories, novels, and poetry, as well as traditional scholarly reports of poignant, provocative, and powerful cultural phenomena. Included are accounts of recovery following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, life as a prison guard, surviving child abuse and coping via an eating disorder, dealing with disabilities, living the gay life, birthing babies, as well as searching for birth mothers. Special attention is given to dialogue, from dialogue with families and friends to American ethnographers interviewing Thai managers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Prologue: Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. PART ONE: An Overview of Ethnography
  1. 1. The Changing Story of Ethnography
  2. pp. 3-26
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  1. PART TWO: Ethnographic Perspectives
  1. 2. Living and Writing Feminist Ethnographies: Threads in a Quilt Stitched from the Heart
  2. pp. 29-44
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  1. 3. Musings on Critical Ethnography, Meanings, and Symbolic Violence
  2. pp. 45-54
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  1. 4. What is Interpretive Ethnography? An Eclectic’s Tale
  2. pp. 55-63
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  1. 5. Postmodernism, Ethnography, and Communication Studies: Comments and a Case
  2. pp. 65-75
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  1. 6. An Ethics for Postcolonial Ethnography
  2. pp. 77-86
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  1. 7. The Beauty and Logic of Aesthetic Ethnography
  2. pp. 87-94
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  1. PART THREE: Dialogue and Interview as Expressions of Ethnography
  1. 8. Ethnographic Interviewing as Contextualized Conversation
  2. pp. 97-105
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  1. 9. Contextualized Conversation: Interviewing Exemplars
  2. pp. 107-118
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  1. 10. Hearing Voices/Learning Questions
  2. pp. 119-125
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  1. 11. Sighted, Blind, and In Between: Similarity and Difference in Ethnographic Inquiry
  2. pp. 127-137
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  1. PART FOUR: Personal Narrative as an Expression of Ethnography
  1. 12. Ethnography as the Excavation of Personal Narrative
  2. pp. 141-151
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  1. 13. Telling the Story of Birth
  2. pp. 153-158
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  1. 14. Watching the Watchers: Making Sense of Emotional Constructions Behind Bars
  2. pp. 159-172
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  1. PART FIVE: Short Stories as Expressions of Ethnography
  1. 15. Hands
  2. pp. 175-176
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  1. 16. He Touched, He Took
  2. pp. 177-184
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  1. 17. Happy to be Writing
  2. pp. 185-188
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  1. 18. The Millennium Waltz: A Story in Three-Quarter Time
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. PART SIX: Novels as Expressions of Ethnography
  1. 19. Geocommunication: A Paradigm of Place
  2. pp. 195-215
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  1. PART SEVEN: Artifacts as Expressions of Ethnography
  1. 20. “Reality Ends Here”: Graffiti as an Artifact
  2. pp. 219-230
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  1. 21. Sense-Making Artifacts on the Margins of Cultural Spaces
  2. pp. 231-240
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  1. PART EIGHT: Genealogy and Postcolonial Identities as Expressions of Ethnography
  1. 22. Genealogy as an Ethnographic Enterprise
  2. pp. 243-256
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  1. 23. In Search of Naunny’s Ethnicity: An (Auto)Ethnographic Study of a Family’s Ethnic Identity
  2. pp. 257-269
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  1. 24. Rhythms of Dis-Location: Family History, Ethnographic Spaces, and Reflexivity
  2. pp. 271-279
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  1. 25. Starvin’ Marvin’s Got an Injun: A Visit to the Homeland
  2. pp. 281-288
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  1. EPILOGUE: Future Directions
  2. pp. 289-290
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 291-296
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-303
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