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Carolyn Ellis

Truth

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On The Demands Of Truthfulness In Writing Personal Loss Narratives, Carolyn Ellis Dec 1995

On The Demands Of Truthfulness In Writing Personal Loss Narratives, Carolyn Ellis

Carolyn Ellis

There's no doubt that [your] descriptions evoke detailed images, but I think it's the honesty of that voice that makes the reader listen in the first place. and I also think that it's an honesty of content and not just of tone, (personal letter from Mika Uematsu, July 5, 1995) He wrote me a wonderful letter… The crux of what he said was that I should never be afraid of appearing angry, small-minded, obtuse, mean, immoral, amoral or calculating. “Take no care for your dignity,” he said, and I have followed his advice scrupulously ever since. (From ...


Introduction: Taking Ethnography Into The Twenty-First Century, Carolyn Ellis, Arthur Bochner Dec 1995

Introduction: Taking Ethnography Into The Twenty-First Century, Carolyn Ellis, Arthur Bochner

Carolyn Ellis

Postmodernist and poststructuralist perspectives on truth, objectivity and language will hopefully elicit constructive challenges to ethnography. Ethnographic assertions are often debatable and designed to increase understanding of various issues and values associated with ethnography. Confrontational and defensive exchanges between proponents of orthodox and unorthodox forms of ethnographic representation should be minimized. Instead, constructive discussions about the purposes and legitimate forms of ethnography should be encouraged.