Girl, Disrupted: Trauma, Narrative Disruptions, and Autoethnography

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Autoethnography
EditorsTony E. Adams, Stacy Holman Jones, Carolyn Ellis
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780429431760
ISBN (Print)9781138363113, 9781138363120
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


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