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ERIC Number: ED430041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 28
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I Yam What I Am: Examining Qualitative Research through the Ethnographic Self, the Literary "Other" and the Academy.
Jeffries, Rhonda Baynes
The conduct and use of qualitative research and the role of fiction as a way of examining the experiences of an African American woman are explored. The paper uses an alternative qualitative model to examine issues of power, equity, and race in the particular context of the African American woman. It discusses the writings of Zora Neale Hurston as a framework and compares the ethnographic stories in three Hurston short stories with a fictional ethnographic interpretation of related academic experiences. Telling a life experience as fiction is comparable to, and perhaps the same as, the "fiction" gathered during ethnographic moments. Researchers accept the ethnographic narratives gathered as data as experiences recreated by the narrator. Creating fiction can be a way to create objectivity through distance from a complex experience. (Contains 36 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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