Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience is an ethnographic autoethnography that collapses traditional ethnographic research, creative writing techniques, and autoethnography to tell a multi-generational story of growing up black and female in the rural South in the twentieth century. The following excerpts, taken from the Prologue and Chapter One, offer a framework and context for the reviews contained in the forum. By introducing the perspective of the writer, who situates herself as a researcher and insider in the community, these excerpts give the reader a glimpse into Sweetwater,* a rural community in the “heart” of North Carolina, where the stories take place.
Stories from Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience
Robin M. Boylorn is Assistant Professor of Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama, where she teaches and researches issues of diversity, social identity, and representation. She is also the co-editor of Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life (Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2013), and has a forthcoming book project on blackgirl autoethnography. Correspondence to: Robin M. Boylorn, Department of Communication Studies, University of Alabama, Box Number 870172, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Robin M. Boylorn; Stories from Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2015; 4 (1): 89–96. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2015.4.1.89
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