In this fusion of autoethnography and phenomenological description, I explicate my experiences as a door-to-door social welfare advocate for the Maine People's Alliance. Examining my lived experiences of being a stranger in the midst of facing other strangers in their homes, I reflect on the collaborative constitution of strangerdom. I also recount the possibilities of transcendence through dialogic negotiations and attempts at dismantling this threshold of unfamiliarity. I argue that autoethnographic inquiries that include portrayals of unknown others are productively informed by the descriptive richness of phenomenological variations.
Stranger and Stranger: Living Stories on Others' Doorsteps
L. Shelley Rawlins is a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She thanks Craig Gingrich-Philbrook, William K. Rawlins, Kristin Langellier, and Eric Peterson for their helpful support and keen ideas concerning this work. She also thanks Stacy Holman Jones, Sohinee Roy, and the anonymous reviewers for their input. Correspondence to: L. Shelley Rawlins, Department of Communication Studies, Southern Illinois University, 1100 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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L. Shelley Rawlins; Stranger and Stranger: Living Stories on Others' Doorsteps. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2017; 6 (4): 87–110. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2017.6.4.87
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