Ordinary Affects tells stories of everyday happenings and practices, a collage of the mundane brought to life in brief tales told in the third person. Yet the text is other—more—than this. In one scene the book's protagonist is alone at a table in a café in a West Texas town and she—“I call myself ‘she’… as a point of contact”1—notices a biker couple entering. They limp. They sit, talking intently. As the solitary diner–writer leaves, she walks past their table and they ask her which way she is headed. If she's going the route they have just travelled—the west road—would she look out for bike parts? They hit a deer, they explain. Their bike was damaged; the deer more so. Others in the restaurant engage in the conversation; they tell stories of other episodes, collisions, happenings, on that road. For Kathleen Stewart, for the reader, our attention is...
Calls of/to the Ordinary
Jonathan Wyatt is Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh. Correspondence to: Jonathan Wyatt, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG, UK. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alecia Youngblood Jackson is Professor of Qualitative Research in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University, where she is also Affiliated Faculty in the Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies program. Correspondence to: Alecia Youngblood Jackson, College of Education, 151 College Street, Office 426D, Appalachian State University, Box 32086, Boone, NC 28608, USA. Email: email@example.com.
Jonathan Wyatt, Alecia Youngblood Jackson; Calls of/to the Ordinary. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2016; 5 (4): 1–3. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2016.5.4.1
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