Synopses & Reviews
Fiction and Social Research brings together writers from a variety of disciplines to explore and illustrate the possibilities of new narrative forms in social research. At the intersections of fiction, ethnography, and cultural studies, these essays demonstrate narratives that simultaneously enrich fieldwork and enliven research reporting. By arranging this volume into four areas of concern, this volume demonstrates how fiction can express issues of representation, subjectivity, critique and postmodern discourse. This volume is unique in its accessibility and will prove a valuable tool to the veteran scholar and beginning ethnographer alike.
Table of Contents
The struggle over facts and fictions / Stephen Banks and Anna Banks -- Flirtations: conversation analysis from fiction and life / Robert Hopper -- Stories that tell it like it is? fiction techniques and prize-winning journalism / Sandra L. Haarsager -- (Re)presenting voices in dramatically scripted research / Michelle Miller -- Dead or alive, you're going to Teixido: the teller and the tale / Eugene Valentine and Kristin Bervig Valentine -- Lessons: what the hell are we teaching the next generation anyway? / Robert L. Krizek -- Portrait of an anorexic life / Christine Elizabeth Kiesinger -- Silent movies: scenes from a life / Leigh Berger -- Dancing with the chameleon / Sandra Coyle -- Some people would say I tell lies / Anna Banks -- On the pleasures of ruined pictures / Shawn Michelle Smith -- From anxiety to possibility: poems 1987-1997 / Eric M. Eisenberg -- Postmodern sensibilities and ethnographic possibilities / Simon Gottschalk -- The dishcloth of Minerva: absence, presence, and metatheory in the every