This chapter explores the intersections between and among meaning-making, autoethnography, narrative identity, coherence, and trauma (not necessarily in that order). My perspective centers on the view that both method (autoethnography) and meaning-making post-trauma involve practices that are both process and product, means and end. Toward some sense of an ending, the chapter is framed by a view of our world as one where crisis is all too ordinary. In this crisis ordinary world, trauma is inevitable—a heart-broken life—unavoidable. So, trauma matters—stories matter—and finding a way forward that embraces the full spectrum of our disrupted narratives and lives becomes necessary or at least desirable.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Autoethnography|
|Editors||Tony E. Adams, Stacy Holman Jones, Carolyn Ellis|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Number of pages||11|
|ISBN (Print)||9781138363113, 9781138363120|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2021|