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Accidental Ethnography An Inquiry into Family Secrecy

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ISBN-10: 1598741462

ISBN-13: 9781598741469

Edition: 2008

Authors: Christopher N. Poulos, Arthur P. Bochner

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Each family has its secrets, ones that shape family communication and relationships in a way generally unknown to the outsider and often the family itself. Autoethnographers, students of these relationships, confront many silences in their attempts to understand these social worlds. It is often the accidental slip, the spontaneous discussion, the offhanded comment that opens this terrain of secrets to the conscientious storyteller. Accidental Ethnography delves into this shadowy world of pain and loss in the hopes of finding productive, ethical avenues for transforming the secret lives of families into powerful narratives of hope. It merges autoethnographic method with the therapeutic power of storytelling to heal family wounds. Poulos's lyrical text will appeal to those in ethnography, interpersonal communication, and family relationships alike.
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/31/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.110
Language: English

Christopher N. Poulos is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. An ethnographer and philosopher of communication, he teaches courses in family and relational communication, dialogue, ethnography, film studies, and rhetoric. His work has appeared in Qualitative Inquiry, American Communication Journal, Southern Communication Journal, Cultural Studies: A Research Volume, and in the books 9/11 in American Culture, Spirituality, Action, & Pedagogy: Teaching from the Heart, and Spirituality, Action, and Teaching: Stories from Within.