Seventeen minutes and thirty-one seconds: An auto/biographical account of collaboratively witnessing and representing an untold life story

Douglas, Kitrina and Carless, David (2020) Seventeen minutes and thirty-one seconds: An auto/biographical account of collaboratively witnessing and representing an untold life story. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Auto/Biography. Palgrave, pp. 47-62. ISBN 9783030319748

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Abstract

Auto/biography carries with it elements of privilege as certain kinds of lives are narrated while other lives remain untold. As Arthur Frank (2004) has observed, those lives that are storied are rendered worthy of notice, while untold lives are implicitly rendered absent or insignificant. In our research we have seen how these processes can conspire to further marginalize individuals and populations whose lives are already marginal. This is the sharp edge of social exclusion. In this chapter we explore one particular instance of a creative and collaborative process we have used in an effort to avoid perpetuating exclusion and marginalization in our research. Ours is a story about how, through artistic and creative collaboration, we may begin to reanimate our own and others’ lives through including the kinds of life stories that are typically omitted in social research. Our focus is on responding the questions of how to access, witness and represent elements of an otherwise untold – and potentially untellable – life.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Social sciences > Communication and culture
Depositing User: Kitrina Douglas
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2020 12:28
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2020 15:23
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/7434

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