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Borderland Journeys: A Layered Autoethnography

By Janice Elizabeth Bankert-Countryman


Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)The collection of pages spread before you now, this story-thesis, is a collection of stories about my journey from cult member to the place in life I am now, stories about those stories, and stories about the people who lived or read them, talked about them, and were changed by the tellings. Most importantly, the goal of this story-thesis is to illustrate how the process of story-making and -telling changes how we interpret our identities and our lifeworlds. I argue that the stories that we share change our identities, and I also argue that how we perceive our identity and the identities of others affects the stories that we share

Topics: Autoethnography, Coordinated Management of Meaning, Heteroglossia, A/r/tography, Stage Theory of Grief, Symbolic Divergence, Dialogic Autoethnography, Ethnology -- Authorship -- Research -- Evaluation, Ethnology -- Biographical methods, Ethnology -- Methodology, Identity (Psychology) -- Social aspects, Discourse analysis, Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.), Communication -- Philosophy, Self-perception, Dialogue analysis, Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands, McCourt, Frank. Angela's ashes, Postmodernism (Literature) -- Research -- Evaluation, Criticism, Interpersonal communication -- Analysis -- Evaluation, Bakhtin, M. M. (Mikhail Mikhaĭlovich), 1895-1975
Year: 2014
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