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Oral Narrative Research with Black Women: Collecting Treasures

by K Vaz SAGE Publications, Inc
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This book consists of essays on methodological issues by Africana (African and African American) women scholars who have successfully employed oral narrative methods in their research. Some themes covered in these essays are the strengths of oral narrative research for expanding and transforming knowledge about black women and how these scholars learned to conduct oral narrative research; descriptions of the types of narratives they have gathered, the difficulties they have encountered and how these were overcome; and the ethical dilemmas faced while undertaking their research endeavors. What makes this book a valuable teaching tool are the pedagogical suggestions and research artifacts contained within. Contributors have described one or two activities that may assist instructor efforts to teach oral narrative methodologies. Methodological essays about the phenomenological and empirical aspects of carrying out oral narrative research from an Afrafeminist/womanist standpoint are rare and book-length works are almost nonexistent. Oral Narrative Research with black women participates in the growing movement of Afrafeminist/womanist scholarship that fills this void.

This is an insightful, thought-provoking resource for researchers, students, and scholars interested in conducting qualitative research or who want to include black women in their research.

Introduction - Kim Marie Vaz Oral Narrative Research with Black Women PART ONE: Ancestor Mothers Ophelia and Me - Martia Graham Goodson Tribute to an Early Narrative Researcher Professions of Faith - Joycelyn Moody A Teacher Reflects on Women, Race, Ch