Through this autoethnographic essay I explore how a critical qualitative researcher's disclosure of her personal reactions to participants’ narratives can offer an opportunity to resist cultural marginalization. This opportunity requires a level of vulnerability and disclosure that can feel risky but is often necessary in the pursuit of identification and transformative understanding. Mapping my experience as it became tangible to me of my almost-(but not really)-passing physically disabled feminine body through conducting open-ended narrative research with similarly embodied participants creates a means of revealing and resisting compulsory able-bodiedness (its comforts and trappings) in daily performance.
Narrative Performance Research: Co-Storying “Almost Passing”
Julie-Ann Scott is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I would like to thank Stacy Holman Jones, the anonymous reviewers, and my colleagues Vernon Cronen, Bruce McKinney, David Weber, Chadwick Roberts, Jeanne Persuit, Steve Pullum, and Matt Lapierre for their insights on earlier drafts of this essay. I would also like to thank the National Communication Association Ethnography Division for recognizing this paper as a top paper in 2014 and encouraging me to work toward publication. Correspondence to: Julie-Ann Scott, Department of Communication Studies, 236 Leutze Hall, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Julie-Ann Scott; Narrative Performance Research: Co-Storying “Almost Passing”. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2015; 4 (3): 70–91. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2015.4.3.70
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