Narrating Social Work Through Autoethnography

Narrating Social Work Through Autoethnography


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Autoethnography is an innovative approach to inquiry located in the interstices between science and literature. Blending researcher and subject roles, autoethnographers use analytical strategies to explore the social and cultural contexts of meaningful life experiences and their implications for the present. Social issues are described from the inside out, producing narratives that reflect the messy, experiential encounters of everyday life. This collection illustrates the value of autoethnography as an inquiry approach for social work practice. Covering such topics as international adoption, cross-dressing, divorce, cultural competence, life-threatening illness, and transformative change, contributors showcase the ambiguities, doubts, contradictions, insights, tensions, and epiphanies that accompany their experiences. This anthology provides a readable and unique example of an exciting new trend in qualitative research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231158817
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stanley L Witkin is a professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Vermont and president of the Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work. He is the former editor-in-chief of Social Work and a Fulbright scholar. He is the author of Social Construction and Social Work Practice (CUP 2011) and Narrating Social Work Through Autoethnography (CUP 2014).

Table of Contents

Foreword, by W. David Harrison
1. Autoethnography: The Opening Act, by Stanley L Witkin
2. Where's Beebee? The Orphan Crisis in Global Child Welfare, by Katherine Tyson McCrea
3. A Finn in India: From Cultural Encounters to Global Imagining, by Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö
4. Being of Two Minds: Creating My Racialized Selves, by Noriko Ishibashi Martinez
5. Learning From and Researching (My Own) Experience: A Critical Reflection on the Experience of Social Difference, by Jan Fook
6. What Remains? Heroic Stories in Trace Materials, by Karen Staller
7. What Matters Most in Living and Dying: Pressing Through Detection, Trying to Connect, by Brenda Solomon
8. Will You Be with Me to the End? Personal Experiences of Cancer and Death, by Johanna Hefel
9. Holding on While Letting Go: An Autoethnographic Study of Divorce in Ireland, by Orlagh Farrell Delaney and Patricia Kennedy
10. The Pretty Girl in the Mirror: A Gender Transient's Tale, by Allan Irving
11. Reality Isn't What It Used to Be: An Inquiry of Transformative Change, by Stanley L Witkin
12. From Advising to Mentoring to Becoming Colleagues: An Autoethnography of a Growing Professional Relationship in Social Work Education, by Zvi Eisikovits and Chaya Koren
List of Contributors

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Nigel Parton

This is a fascinating, unique and often moving book. It explores the huge potential that 'autoethnography' has for expanding understanding of both ourselves and social work and has clear practical implications. We are offered a series of rich, varied and powerful stories which I found gripping.

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