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Anthropological Issues in Ethnography and Personal Narrative

A Selected List

The University of Texas at Arlington Bibliography Series

John Dillard, Social Sciences Librarian,
dillard@uta.edu



"The bibliography below offers a selection of titles relevant to the telling of self-reflective "life stories" (Reed-Danahay 1997: 1) or autoethnographies.

Dr. Reed-Danahay defines the "autoethnography" as a "form of self-narrative that places the self within a social context. It is both a method and a text, as in the case of ethnography. Autoethnography can be done by either an anthropologist who is doing 'home' or 'native' ethnography or by a non-anthropologist/ethnographer. It can also be done by an autobiographer who places the story of his or her life within a story of the social context in which it occurs" (1997: 9).

Quickly locate autoethnography topics using Ctrl-F to find a word or phrase; please contact me to learn this type of quick and easy search. The free Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view and print some of these items.

Academic Books and Book Chapters - - Articles - - Ethnic Autobiography/Autoethnography
Online Bibliographies/Websites - - Recent Digital Dissertations
The items within each of the five sections are listed in alpha order by title.


Academic Books and Book Chapters

The UT Arlington Library has many books dealing with autobiographical anthropological research, texts, or methods; if you do not see what you want on this short selected list, then searching the UT Arlington Library's online catalog, <pulse.uta.edu> might be a useful research strategy. Researchers can also ask questions at the Reference Desk on the 1st floor of the UT Arlington Central Library, or email me at: <dillard@uta.edu>.

Anthropology and Autobiography.
Edited by Judith Okely and Helen Callaway.
London; New York, NY: Routledge, 1992.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - GN 346.6 .A58 1992
"Autobiography, Intimacy and Ethnography."
By Deborah Reed-Danahay.
Chapter 28 (pages 407-425) in, Handbook of Ethnography.
Edited by Paul Atkinson, Amanda Coffey, Sara Delamont, John Lofland, and Lyn Lofland.
London; Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2001.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - GN 345 .H365 2001
Auto/ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social.
Edited by Deborah E. Reed-Danahay.
Oxford; New York, NY: Berg, 1997.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - GN 346.6 .A98 1997
Handbook of Qualitative Research, 2nd edition.
Edited by Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2000.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - H 62 .H2455 2000
Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation.
By Mary Louise Pratt.
London; New York, NY: Routledge, 1992.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - D 34.L29 P73 1991
Interpreting Life Histories: An Anthropological Inquiry.
By Lawrence Craig Watson and Maria-Barbara Watson-Franke.
New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1985.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - GN 346.6 .W37 1985
Interpreting Women's Lives: Feminist Theory and Personal Narratives.
Edited by The Personal Narratives Group.
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1989.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - HQ 1185 .I87 1989
Also on the web in the UT Arlington netLibrary Collection
Interpretive Biography.
By Norman K. Denzin.
Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1989.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - CT 22 .D45 1989
Learning How to Ask: A Sociolinguistic Appraisal of the Role of the Interview in Social Science Research.
By Charles L. Briggs.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - H 61 .B648 1986
The Life History in Anthropological Science.
By Lewis L. Langness.
New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1965.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - GN 33 .L3
Lives: An Anthropological Approach to Biography.
By Lewis L. Langness and Gelya Frank.
Novato, CA: Chandler and Sharp Publishers, 1981.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - GN 346.6 .L36 1981
The Narrative Study of Lives.
Edited by Ruthellen Josselson and Amia Lieblich.
Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1993.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - BF 39.4 .N38 1993
On Autobiography.
By Philippe Lejeune; edited and with a foreword by Paul John Eakin; translated by Katherine Leary.
Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1989.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - CT 25 .L37 1989
Reflexive Ethnography: A Guide to Researching Selves and Others.
By Charlotte Aull Davies.
London; New York, NY: Routledge, 2002.
On the web in the UT Arlington netLibrary Collection
Representation in Ethnography.
Edited by John Van Maanen.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1995.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - GN 362 .R47 1995
Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza's Story.
By Ruth Behar.
Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1993.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - HQ 1465 .M63 B44 1993
Tuhami: Portrait of a Moroccan.
By Vincent Crapanzano.
Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1980.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - GN 649 .M65 C7 1985

Articles

A many of the articles in this section require the Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing. The items in this section are available for UT Arlington faculty and students by simply clicking on the links under each article citation. Click on the link below the citation to view the articles that are digital.
[Students and faculty at other institutions may need to copy the link into a new browser window to access the articles in the online resources (Project MUSE, JSTOR, SAGE, Academic Search Primer, and others) through their own university or college library's subscription.]

"The Academic Tourist: An Autoethnography."
By Ronald J. Pelias.
Qualitative Inquiry. Vol. 9, (June, 2003) pp. 369-373.
qix.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/9/3/369
"Anthropology and the Coming Crisis: An Autoethnographic Appraisal."
By Walter Goldschmidt.
American Anthropologist. Vol. 79, (New Series) No. 2. (June, 1977) pp. 293-308.
links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0002-7294%28197706%292%3A79%3A2%3C293%3AAATCCA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-C
"Autoethnography and Material Culture: The Case of Bill Reid."
By Joel Martineau.
Biography. Vol. 24, No. 1. (Winter, 2001) pp. 242-258.
muse.uq.edu.au/journals/biography/v024/24.1martineau.pdf
"Autoethnography: Zora Neale Hurston, Noni Jabavu, and Cross-Disciplinary Discourse."
By Alice A. Deck.
Black American Literature Forum. Vol. 24, No. 2. (Summer, 1990) pp. 237-256.
links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0148-6179%28199022%2924%3A2%3C237%3AAZNHNJ%3E2.0.CO%3B2-C
"Doing Autoethnography."
By Tessa Muncey.
International Journal of Qualitative Methods. Vol. 4, No. 1. (2005) pp. 1-12.
search.epnet.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&an=16787129
"Ethnographies as Texts."
By George E. Marcus and Dick Cushman.
Annual Review of Anthropology.
Vol. 11, (2005) pp. 25-69.
links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0084-6570%281982%292%3A11%3C25%3AEAT%3E2.0.CO%3B2-C
"From Participant Observation to the Observation of Participation: The Emergence of Narrative Ethnography."
By Barbara Tedlock.
Journal of Anthropological Research. Vol. 47, No. 1. (1991) pp. 69-94.
UT Arlington - Central Library, Floor 3: Periodicals · · · GN 1 .S64
"'I salute the spirit of my communities': Autoethnographic Innovations in Hmong American Literature."
By Jeannie Chiu.
College Literature. Vol. 31, No. 3. (Summer, 2004) pp. 43-69.
muse.uq.edu.au/journals/college_literature/v031/31.3chiu.pdf
"Inside Out: Narrative Autoethnography as a Path Toward Rapport."
By Leigh Berger.
Qualitative Inquiry. Vol. 7, (August, 2001) pp. 504-518.
qix.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/7/4/504
"Life as Narrative."
By Jerome Bruner.
Social Research. Vol. 54, No. 1. (Spring, 1987) pp. 12-32.
gateway.proquest.com/openurl?ctx_ver=Z39.88-2003&res_dat=xri:pqil:res_ver=0.1&rft_val_fmt=ori:format:pl:ebnf:jarticle&rft_id=xri:pcift:article:3313-1987-054-01-000002&res_id=xri:pcift-us
"The Life Story Approach: A Continental View."
By Daniel Bertaux and Martin Kohli.
Annual Review of Sociology.
Vol. 10, (1984) pp. 215-237.
links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0360-0572%281984%2910%3C215%3ATLSAAC%3E2.0.CO%3B2-M
"Miracles of Modern Medicine / Casualties of Modern Medicine."
By Joan Cassell.
Qualitative Health Research. Vol. 15, No. 4. (April 2005) pp. 555-564.
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"Mothers Talk about Their Children with Schizophrenia: A Performance Autoethnography."
By B. Schneider.
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Vol. 12, No. 3. (June 2005) pp. 333-340.
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"Mundane Autobiography: Some Thoughts on Self-Talk in Research Contexts."
By Maggie Maclure.
British Journal of Sociology of Education. Vol. 14, No. 4. (1993) pp. 367-383.
*-- Sorry, this journal is not held by the UT Arlington Library or any library in the DFW area.
Request this article via the UT Arlington Interlibrary Loan Service.
(click on the link marked "Login or Sign Up for ILL Online")
"The Narrated Self: Life Stories in Process."
By James L. Peacock and Dorothy C. Holland.
Ethos. Vol. 21, No. 4. (December 1993) pp. 367-383.
links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0091-2131%28199312%2921%3A4%3C367%3ATNSLSI%3E2.0.CO%3B2-7
"On Auto-Ethnographic Authority."
By James Buzard.
The Yale Journal of Criticism. Vol. 16, No. 1. (Spring, 2003) pp. 61-91.
muse.uq.edu.au/journals/yale_journal_of_criticism/v016/16.1buzard.pdf
"On Being Amorphous: Autoethnography, Genealogy, and a Multiracial Identity."
By Sarah N. Gatson.
Qualitative Inquiry. Vol. 9, (February, 2003) pp. 20-48.
qix.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/9/1/20
"Performing Autoethnography: An Embodied Methodological Praxis."
By Tami Spry.
Qualitative Inquiry. Vol. 7, No. 6. (December 2001) pp. 706-733.
search.epnet.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&an=5712544
"Representation, Legitimation, and Autoethnography: An Autoethnographic Writing Story."
By Nicholas L. Holt.
International Journal of Qualitative Methods. Vol. 2, No. 1. (March 2003) pp. 1-22.
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"Selling your Soul to the Devil: An Autoethnography of Pain, Pleasure and the Quest for a Child."
By Ann Nevihe-Jan.
Disability & Society. Vol. 19, No. 2. (March 2004) pp. 113-127.
search.epnet.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&an=13073359
"Sherman Alexie's Autoethnography."
By John Newton.
Contemporary Literature. Vol. 42, No. 2. (Summer, 2001) pp. 413-428.
links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0010-7484%28200122%2942%3A2%3C413%3ASAA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-S
"The Story of My Story: An Anthropology of Violence, Dispossession, and Diaspora."
By Alisse Waterston.
Anthropological Quarterly. Vol. 78, No. 1. (Winter 2005) pp. 43-61.
muse.uq.edu.au/journals/anthropological_quarterly/v078/78.1waterston.pdf
"Welcome to This House: A Century of Makah People Honoring Identity and Negotiating Cultural Tourism."
By Patricia Pierce Erikson.
Ethnohistory. Vol. 50, No. 3. (Summer, 2003) pp. 523-547.
muse.uq.edu.au/journals/ethnohistory/v050/50.3erikson.pdf

Ethnic Autobiography/Autoethnography

Here are some examples of ethnic autobiography/autoethnography. If you do not see what you want on this short selected list, then searching the UT Arlington Library's online catalog, <pulse.uta.edu> might be a useful research strategy. Researchers can also ask questions at the Reference Desk on the 1st floor of the UT Arlington Central Library, or email me at: <dillard@uta.edu>.

Daughters of the Dreaming.
By Diane Bell.
Melbourne: McPhee Gribble; North Sydney, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1983.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - GN 667 .N6 B45 1983
Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography.
By Zora Neale Hurston.
Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 1942.
UT Arlington - Central Library, Floor 2: MultiCultural Collection - - - PS 3515 .U789 Z5
Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez: An Autobiography.
By Richard Rodriguez.
Boston, MA: D.R. Godine, 1982.
UT Arlington - Central Library, Floor 2: MultiCultural Collection - - - F 870 .M5 R62 1982
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
By Maya Angelou.
New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1993, ©1971.
UT Arlington - Central Library, Floor 2: MultiCultural Collection - - - PS 3551 .N464 Z466 1993
Landscape for a Good Woman: A Story of Two Lives.
By Carolyn Steedman.
New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1987, ©1986.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - HQ 1599 .E5 S74 1987
Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman.
By Marjorie Shostak.
New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1983, ©1981.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - DT 797 .N57 S53 1983
Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza's Story.
By Ruth Behar.
Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1993.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - HQ 1465 .M63 B44 1993
When the Grass was Taller: Autobiography and the Experience of Childhood.
By Richard N. Coe.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1984.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 5 - - - PN 452 .C57 1984
Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories.
By Lila Abu-Lughod.
Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1993.
UT Arlington - CENTRAL LIBRARY - FLOOR 4 - - - HQ 1793 .A68 1993

Online Bibliographies/Websites

The free Adobe Acrobat Reader may be needed to view and print some items found at these websites.

American Memory -- Library of Congress.
memory.loc.gov/ammem/
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.
Annual Bibliography of Works about Life Writing, Biography (Project Muse).
libproxy.uta.edu:4345/journals/biography/v027/27.4wachter.html
This bibliography is published in the journal Biography which serves as a forum for "well-considered biographical scholarship."
Bibliography of Fieldwork, Research Methods and Ethnography in Sociocultural Anthropology.
coombs.anu.edu.au/Biblio/biblio_fieldwork1.html
Part of the World-Wide Web Virtual Library, this bibliography by Borut Telban [Borut.Telban@zrc-sazu.si] of the Scientific Research Centre, of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, provides a good place to begin research on the "literature about fieldwork and ethnography."
Bibliography of Qualitative Research Methods.
www.usask.ca/education/coursework/edres845/specific.htm
Compiled by Sam Robinson, this impressive bibliography addresses a great many special topics in doing qualitative research.
Life History Bibliography (1995).
wings.buffalo.edu/anthropology/Documents/life_historybib.txt
Compiled by Ronald L. Grimes or the Department of Religion & Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

Recent Digital Dissertations

Here is a link to a guide to aid researchers in searching the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Collection. The dissertations collection is for the use of UT Arlington faculty and students. If you have a problem with this important database or research resources then email me at: <dillard@uta.edu>. Listed below are a few of the dissertations that deal with autoethnographies, all of those listed in this section require the Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing.

Americanization: A Dominican immigrant's autobiographical study of cultural and linguistic learning.
By Jocelyn Santana, Ph.D.
New York University, 1999, 342 pages
In the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Collection at:
proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=730313261&sid=8&Fmt=2&clientId=89&RQT=309&VName=PQD
www.netLibrary.com/urlapi.asp?action=summary&v=1&bookid=68583 for UT Arlington faculty and students.
(click on the link marked "Page Image - PDF" for an Adobe Acrobat copy of the dissertation)
Expectations of authenticity: Ethnographic and autoethnographic poetics in the Harlem Renaissance.
By Katherine Ruth Lynes, Ph.D.
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick, 2004, 302 pages
In the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Collection at:
proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=766125871&sid=8&Fmt=2&clientId=89&RQT=309&VName=PQD
for UT Arlington faculty and students.
(click on the link marked "Page Image - PDF" for an Adobe Acrobat copy of the dissertation)
Illumination: An adult educator's journey. Dialogues with adult educators and adult learners in Indigenous Western Australia.
By Colleen Anne Kawalilak, Ph.D.
University of Calgary (Canada), 2004, 282 pages
In the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Collection at:
proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=790254611&sid=8&Fmt=2&clientId=89&RQT=309&VName=PQD
for UT Arlington faculty and students.
(click on the link marked "Page Image - PDF" for an Adobe Acrobat copy of the dissertation)
Learning to be different: A white mother of biracial children experiences racism.
By Jennifer Ann Greer Johnson, Ed.D.
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), 2004, 194 pages
In the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Collection at:
proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=828408601&sid=8&Fmt=2&clientId=89&RQT=309&VName=PQD
for UT Arlington faculty and students.
(click on the link marked "Page Image - PDF" for an Adobe Acrobat copy of the dissertation)
Learning * teaching * leading: A patchwork of stories from a non-traditional life.
By Wilkins-O'Riley Zinn, Ed.D.
Oregon State University, 2004, 453 pages
In the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Collection at:
proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=766030171&sid=8&Fmt=2&clientId=89&RQT=309&VName=PQD
for UT Arlington faculty and students.
(click on the link marked "Page Image - PDF" for an Adobe Acrobat copy of the dissertation)
Living in a hello world: An autoethnographic study of the interplay of cognition, genetics and culture in Williams syndrome.
By Carol Ruth Zitzer-Comfort, Ph.D.
The Claremont Graduate University, 2003, 272 pages
In the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Collection at:
proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=765647841&sid=8&Fmt=2&clientId=89&RQT=309&VName=PQD
for UT Arlington faculty and students.
(click on the link marked "Page Image - PDF" for an Adobe Acrobat copy of the dissertation)
The pursuit of eco-harmony in contemporary culture: A personal ethnography.
By Laurie Joy Anderson, Ph.D.
Union Institute and University, 2004, 179 pages
In the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Collection at:
proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=766259681&sid=8&Fmt=2&clientId=89&RQT=309&VName=PQD
for UT Arlington faculty and students.
(click on the link marked "Page Image - PDF" for an Adobe Acrobat copy of the dissertation)
Social blindness: An autoethnographic study of the interplay of language, cognition, and genetics in a family with an autistic child.
By Susan M. Larsen, Ph.D.
The Claremont Graduate University, 2004, 97 pages
In the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Collection at:
proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=775163361&sid=8&Fmt=2&clientId=89&RQT=309&VName=PQD
for UT Arlington faculty and students.
(click on the link marked "Page Image - PDF" for an Adobe Acrobat copy of the dissertation)
Storying our daily lives: Lebanese and Palestinian women narrate the performance of survival, resistance, and cultural membership.
By Laila A. Farah, Ph.D.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1999, 230 pages
In the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Collection at:
proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=733960901&sid=8&Fmt=2&clientId=89&RQT=309&VName=PQD
for UT Arlington faculty and students.
(click on the link marked "Page Image - PDF" for an Adobe Acrobat copy of the dissertation)
Un-naming the story: The poststructuralist repositioning of African-American identity in western visual culture.
By James Haywood Rolling, Jr., Ed.D.
Columbia University Teachers College, 2003, 213 pages
In the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Collection at:
proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=765093701&sid=8&Fmt=2&clientId=89&RQT=309&VName=PQD
for UT Arlington faculty and students.
(click on the link marked "Page Image - PDF" for an Adobe Acrobat copy of the dissertation)


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