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Negotiating cultures and identities : life history issues, methods, and readings

Author: John L Caughey
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Negotiating Cultures and Identities examines issues, methods, and models for doing life history research with individual Americans based on interviews and participant observation. John L. Caughey helps students and other researchers explore the ways in which contemporary Americans are influenced by multiple cultural traditions, including ethnic, religious, and occupational frames of reference. Using the example of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John L Caughey
ISBN: 0803264666 9780803264663
OCLC Number: 64595911
Description: xv, 256 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1: Issues and methods in life history --
Introduction: Salma's stories --
Individuals and their cultures --
Methods in life history research --
Individual identities, multiple cultures --
Negotiating conflicting cultures and competing values --
Writing multiples cultures in life history --
2: Readings in life history --
Introduction: reading life histories --
Being Indian in America: my ethnic roots and me / Lila Shah --
Needle and thread: the life and death of a tailor / Barbara Myerhoff --
Lessons on the road: the life of a hobo / Douglas Harper --
"That really happened": ethnography and the hobby of twentieth-century war reenacting / Jenny Thompson --
A chameleon-like approach: successful negotiations of multiple cultural traditions / Joshua C. Woodfork --
The sound of it stayed in my ears: life history with African American domestics / Elizabeth Clark-Lewis --
My Mexican friend Marta who lives across the border from me in Detroit / Ruth Behar --
Routes to identity: life history dialogues on race and adoption / Sandra Patton-Imani.
Responsibility: John L. Caughey.
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