Utilizing phenomenological creative nonfiction, this study explores the communicative experiences of an African American female military pilot on the flight deck and within the civil, commercial aviation industry. Presented in narrative form, the findings explore a phenomenological approach to critical-cultural narratology in qualitative research methodologies in terms of descriptive depth, theoretical rigor, and heuristic value. The narrative offered here generates a record of experiences for continued examination and future research made accessible to expert and non-expert audiences alike.
African American Female Pilot on the Flight Deck: Utilizing Creative Nonfiction as Critical-Cultural Narratology
Michael L. Zirulnik is Research Assistant Professor at The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. Correspondence to: Michael L. Zirulnik, Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanism, The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, 435 N. 5th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA. Email: Zirulnik@email.Arizona.edu.
Mark P. Orbe is Professor in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. Correspondence to: Mark P. Orbe, School of Communication, Western Michigan University, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Michael L. Zirulnik, Mark P. Orbe; African American Female Pilot on the Flight Deck: Utilizing Creative Nonfiction as Critical-Cultural Narratology. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2021; 10 (4): 77–99. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.4.77
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