Writing Qualitative Inquiry: Self, Stories, and Academic Life

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Responding to the rapid growth of personal narrative as a method of inquiry among qualitative scholars, Bud Goodall offers a concise volume of practical advice for scholars and students seeking to work in this tradition. He provides writing tips and strategies from a well-published, successful author of creative nonfiction and concrete guidance on finding appropriate outlets for your work. For readers, he offers a set of criteria to assess the quality of creative nonfiction writing. Goodall suggests paths to success within the academy-- still rife with political sinkholes for the narrative ethnographer-- and ways of building a career as a public scholar. Goodall's work serves as both a writing manual and career guide for those in qualitative inquiry.

Author Biography

H. L. (Bud) Goodall, Jr. is Professor and Director of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University

Table of Contents

Preface: So You Want to Be a Qualitative Researcher Who Tells Interesting Stories?p. 11
The Power of Storyp. 13
Narrative Ways of Knowing: Writing and Epistemologyp. 13
From My Story to Your Stories and Your Academic Livesp. 16
Notesp. 19
The 5 Rs of Narrative Writingp. 21
How I Came to the Narrative Epistemicp. 21
Real Life Stories: Representation, Evocation, and Framingp. 23
Reflection: Reflexivity in the Storylinep. 37
'Riting in Scenes: Thick Descriptionp. 41
The Final Two "Rs": Research and Readingp. 46
Activities and Questionsp. 52
Notesp. 53
Fingers on the Keyboard Developing Narrative Structuresp. 59
The Writing Process: Two Rules and Four Stepsp. 60
The Set-Up: Narrative Beginningsp. 61
Middlesp. 75
The Pay-Off: Endingsp. 86
Activities and Questionsp. 90
Notesp. 91
Submitting Narrative Work to Academic Journals and Academic Pressesp. 97
Old Schoolp. 97
Preamble: Do You Know the Importance of Format?p. 102
First Submission Question: What Is Your Narrative about?p. 105
Second Submission Question: Who Is Your Audience?p. 105
Questions about the Academic Publication Process: Responses by Norman Denzinp. 108
Third Submission Question: How Do You Get an Editor Interested in Your Work?p. 110
Interlude: The Five Commandments of the Academic Publication Process, Without Elaborationp. 114
Fourth Submission Question: What Is Really Meant by Revise and Resubmit?p. 115
Fifth Submission Question: How Do I Write the Academic Book Proposal?p. 117
Conclusionp. 124
Activities and Questionsp. 125
Notesp. 126
Reading and Evaluating Narrative Scholarship: From Appreciation to Contributionp. 131
What I Did on My Summer Vacationp. 131
Narratives as Evidencep. 135
What Do Critical Readers Want? Or, What Makes a Narrative Good?p. 138
Left Tackles and Chemistry: The Importance of (Some) Writing Groupsp. 144
Writing as Activism/Actionp. 146
Activities and Questionsp. 152
Notesp. 153
Success in the Academyp. 157
The Attempted Symbolic Kill of a Storyteller: A Cautionary Talep. 157
Tenurep. 162
How to Prepare a Tenure and Promotion Portfoliop. 169
Summing Up: What's Your Story and Who's Your Audience?p. 184
Activities and Questionsp. 185
Notesp. 186
Success beyond the Academy: Becoming a Public Scholarp. 193
Going Public, Thenp. 193
Going Public, Nowp. 195
Constructing the Academic and Trade/Crossover Author Selfp. 197
Audiences and Communities beyond the Academyp. 201
Crafting and Marketing a Web Identityp. 213
Concluding Remarks: The World Needs Our Storiesp. 221
Activities and Questionsp. 223
Notesp. 223
Referencesp. 229
Indexp. 249
About the Authorp. 255
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