Representation and the Text

Re-Framing the Narrative Voice

Edited by William G. Tierney & Yvonna S. Lincoln

Subjects: Philosophy Of The Social Sciences
Paperback : 9780791434727, 418 pages, July 1997
Hardcover : 9780791434710, 418 pages, August 1997

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Table of contents

Introduction: Explorations and Discoveries

William G. Tierney and Yvonna S. Lincoln

Part I. Mapping the Conceptual Terrain

1. Reporting Qualitative Research as Practice

Donald E. Polkinghorne

2. Lost in Translation: Time and Voice in Qualitative Research

William G. Tierney

3. Self, Subject, Audience, Text: Living at the Edge, Writing in the Margins

Yvonna S. Lincoln

4. Fiction Formulas: Critical Constructivism and the Representation of Reality

Joe Kincheloe

5. Regimes of Reason and the Male Narrative Voice

William F. Pinar

6. Evocative Autoethnography: Writing Emotionally about Our Lives

Carolyn Ellis

Part II. Experiments in Voice, Frame, Time, and Text

7. The Ethnographer as Postmodern Flâneur : Critical Reflexivity and Posthybridity as Narrative Engagement

Peter McLaren

8. Performance Texts

Norman K. Denzin

9. Performing between the Posts: Authority, Posture and Contemporary Feminist Scholarship

Erica McWilliam

10. Creating a Multilayered Text: Women, AIDS, and Angels

Patti Lather

11. Pico College

Greg Tanaka

12. Textual Gymnastics, Ethics, and Angst

Thomas A. Schwandt



Focuses on authorial representations of contested reality in qualitative research.


Focuses on authorial representations of contested reality in qualitative research. This book focuses on representations of contested realities in qualitative research. The authors examine two separate, but interrelated, issues: criticisms of how researchers use "voice," and suggestions about how to develop experimental voices that expand the range of narrative strategies.

Changing relationships between researchers and respondents dictate alterations in textual representations--from the "view from nowhere" to the view from a particular location, and from the omniscient voice to the polyvocality of communities of individuals. Examples of new representations and textual experiments provide models for how some authors have struggled with voice in their texts, and in so doing, broaden who they and we mean by "us. "

William G. Tierney is Professor and Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis at the University of Southern California. Yvonna S. Lincoln is Professor and Head of the Educational Administration Department at Texas A&M University.


"The mixture of theory, voice, ideology, and passion makes this a most enjoyable and fulfilling read. This book will be at the forefront of thought and debate about the use of narrative voice, public and private selves, and the obvious place these have in author's research endeavors. " -- Ken Kempner, Educational Leadership, University of Oregon