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Dialogic Methods for Social, Health, and Educational Research
Joe Norris (Editor); Richard D Sawyer (Editor); Darren E Lund (Editor)
326 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / Feb, 2012
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Duoethnography is a collaborative research methodology in which two or more researchers juxtapose their life histories in order to provide multiple understandings of a social phenomenon. Using
"Norris et al. have written a magnificent book introducing us to the research concept of duoethnography. Whether you are a seasoned scholar or a novice researcher, this relatively new approach to the study of currere, which ‘views a person’s life as a curriculum’ is worth reading at any graduate level…Bravo! Well done!"

- Gregory S Gómez III, Qualitative Research

"One of the strengths of this book is its accessibility and the engaging nature of the writing, thus highlighting the methodology’s roots in narrative research. While I believe the book best fits a graduate qualitative methodology seminar, the stories here make good reading for anyone interested in the possibilities that engaged and critical collaboration has to offer to the human condition. Reading, writing, and telling stories appeals to everyone. It is likely that these stories/this methodology will encourage others to engage and tell their own stories. In this way, the dialogue continues.... As an educator and educational researcher who seeks to engage in teaching, learning, and conducting research dialogically, I have gained significant insights from this text and expect them to strengthen my own work. I believe many others will agree."

- Greg McClure, International Journal of Multicultural Education

" Our joint reading of the book and the composition of this piece were transformative for both of us.... We believe this expansion speaks volumes regarding the efficacy of this text and its potential impact on those who read it.”

Read the full review here! "

- Amanda O. Latz and Jennifer L. Murray, The Qualitative Report

" In this remarkable work, Joe Norris, Rick Sawyer and their colleagues revive as they reconceptualize ethnography. Through juxtapositions of difference, educational experience’s non-coincidence with itself is recast as a doubled, indeed, ‘polyocular’ consciousness, compelling an ongoing self-interrogation, thereby challenging interpellation, enabling subjective reconstruction in the ‘polyvocal’ presence of others. Through such dialogical encounter, key concepts – among them agency, identity, self-reflexivity – achieve renewed vitality and immediacy. This is an indispensable collection. "

- William F. Pinar, Canada Research Chair, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

" Within qualitative research, writ large, its various methodologies now must grapple with (im)possibilities of transparently representing 'experience' as well as 'self' and 'other.' Further, qualitative methodologies too must attend to multiple complexities spawned by interpretive processes and representations infused with entwined effects of intersubjectivity and inter-textuality. Duoethnography as a new methodology presents fresh potentials for attempting to deal with these important issues. In particular, this collection offers a wide variety of research examples that demonstrate how duoethnography can be useful within multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts. "

- Janet L. Miller, Columbia University

" Always engaging, provocative, and insightful, the authors in Duoethnography present compelling performances of how social science research can be addressed from collaborative, critical, and creative perspectives. This collection of sophisticated and timely scholarship sings with dynamic potential for knowledge dissemination to diverse communities, and hopeful possibilities for transformation in complex personal, political, and pedagogical contexts. "

- Carl Leggo, poet and professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

"For a volume to bridge so many public and private arenas is a challenge – but a successful one! And to do so in such a captivating way – presenting photographs, scripts, songs and other modes of scholarly writing – is a testament to the duality of what can only be called the “rigorous play” at work here. In each chapter, the researchers seem to dance together, pushing and supporting each other, as they explore their chosen territories. I found myself unable to stop reading and engaging with each piece."

- Lisa M. Given. Professor of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia

their own biographies as sites of research and creating dialogic narratives, they provide multiple perspectives of this phenomenon for the reader, inviting the viewer to enter the conversation. The dialectic process of creating duoethnography is also designed to be transformative to the writers. In this volume, two dozen scholars present the first wave of duoethnographic writings on topics as diverse as gender, identity, and curriculum, with the editors framing key tenets of the methodology around the studies presented. This participatory, emancipatory methodology is of interest to those doing qualitative research and narrative writing in many disciplines.

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