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ERIC Number: EJ896219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
Coming in from the Margin: Research Practices, Representation and the Ordinary
Greiner, Karen P.
Qualitative Report, v15 n5 p1191-1208 Sep 2010
This essay explores issues of marginality and representation in research, which emerged during life history interviews with Tammi, an "ordinary" woman living in Appalachia. I examine how my research practices, namely my thirst for drama and marginality, nearly silenced the preferred stories of the woman who shared her life with me. I contrast Tammi's unique yet quotidian accounts with streams of literature reflecting a tendency to neglect the commonplace by representing residents of Appalachia through tragic or heroic extremes. This essay pairs Tammi's stories with a reflection on what may have become of them had I followed my first impulse to sacrifice the ordinary at the altar of the marginal. (Contains 1 figure and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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