Negotiating Cultures and Identities: Life History Issues, by John L. Caughey III

By John L. Caughey III

Negotiating Cultures and Identities examines matters, equipment, and versions for doing lifestyles heritage learn with person american citizens according to interviews and player commentary. John L. Caughey is helping scholars and different researchers discover the ways that modern americans are encouraged through a number of cultural traditions, together with ethnic, non secular, and occupational frames of reference.Using the instance of Salma, a bicultural girl of Pakistani descent who lives within the usa, and the tale of Gina, a multicultural American, Caughey examines the right way to seize the complexity of every scenario, together with step by step equipment and workouts that lead the scholar interviewer during the strategy of finding and interviewing a examine player, making feel of the cloth received, and writing a cultural portrait. Arguing that comparability among the subject’s lifestyles and one’s personal is a vital a part of the method, the method additionally encourages the investigator to analyze his or her personal social and cultural orientations alongside the best way and to distinction those with these of the topic. The e-book bargains a pragmatic, practicable, and interesting type of qualitative examine. It prepares the coed to do grounded, experiential paintings outdoor the school room and to discover vital concerns in modern American society, together with ethnicity, race, id, incapacity, gender, type, profession, faith, and spirituality as they're culturally understood and skilled within the lives of person american citizens.

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File for each visit. It is usually preferable to keep one copy of all the material from a given visit in one place. This arrangement preserves the structure of each visit and allows you to see the context in which any given 39 Methods in Life History Research statement or observation was made. ” Within this file will be your interview transcripts and visit notes ordered in numbered pages. Outline the material and make this index/outline the first page of the file. This one-page outline should list the topics discussed and observations made keyed to the file page number on which the material exists.

Doing this exercise should help illuminate a tradition of importance that you bring to the project and will help you in conversing with your research partner about his or her traditions. 36 Methods in Life History Research Participant Observation You can write a good life history using interviews alone, but your portrait will be richer if you engage in participant observation. While usually applied to the ethnographic study of groups, this technique is also valuable in the study of individuals.

But how can we do this? The best device for accomplishing this work is comparison. Just as our own cultural conditioning helps us to see the patterns of other cultures, so experience elsewhere helps us to apprehend the subjective ruts of our own thinking. This is the major rationale for the double or dialogic orientation of our life history project. Working with someone whose cultural traditions contrast with ours will help us find patterns in both systems. ” Subjecting one’s own cultural beliefs and values to ethnographic scrutiny may bring to light prejudices, vanities, contradictions, wounds, and hypocrisies that are painful to look at.

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