Narrating Social Work Through Autoethnography by Stanley WitkinNarrating Social Work Through Autoethnography by Stanley Witkin

Narrating Social Work Through Autoethnography

EditorStanley Witkin

Paperback | June 3, 2014

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Autoethnography is an innovative approach to inquiry located in the interstices between science and literature. Blending researcher and subject roles, autoethnographers use analytical strategies to explore the social and cultural contexts of meaningful life experiences and their implications for the present. Social issues are described from the inside out, producing narratives that reflect the messy, experiential encounters of everyday life. This collection illustrates the value of autoethnography as an inquiry approach for social work practice. Covering such topics as international adoption, cross-dressing, divorce, cultural competence, life-threatening illness, and transformative change, contributors showcase the ambiguities, doubts, contradictions, insights, tensions, and epiphanies that accompany their experiences. This anthology provides a readable and unique example of an exciting new trend in qualitative research.

Stanley L Witkin is a professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Vermont and president of the Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work. He is also the editor of Social Construction and Social Work Practice: Interpretations and Innovations.
Title:Narrating Social Work Through AutoethnographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pagesPublished:June 3, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231158815

ISBN - 13:9780231158817

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by W. David HarrisonPreface1. Autoethnography: The Opening Act, by Stanley L Witkin2. Where's Beebee? The Orphan Crisis in Global Child Welfare, by Katherine Tyson McCrea3. A Finn in India: From Cultural Encounters to Global Imagining, by Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö4. Being of Two Minds: Creating My Racialized Selves, by Noriko Ishibashi Martinez5. Learning From and Researching (My Own) Experience: A Critical Reflection on the Experience of Social Difference, by Jan Fook6. What Remains? Heroic Stories in Trace Materials, by Karen Staller7. What Matters Most in Living and Dying: Pressing Through Detection, Trying to Connect, by Brenda Solomon8. Will You Be with Me to the End? Personal Experiences of Cancer and Death, by Johanna Hefel9. Holding on While Letting Go: An Autoethnographic Study of Divorce in Ireland, by Orlagh Farrell Delaney and Patricia Kennedy10. The Pretty Girl in the Mirror: A Gender Transient's Tale, by Allan Irving11. Reality Isn't What It Used to Be: An Inquiry of Transformative Change, by Stanley L Witkin12. From Advising to Mentoring to Becoming Colleagues: An Autoethnography of a Growing Professional Relationship in Social Work Education, by Zvi Eisikovits and Chaya KorenList of ContributorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

Not only does this book have a set of fascinating well-referenced stories that show life as social and the social as central to life, it is also a unique, emotive, social work text which... is so engaging as to be hard to ignore...