chapter  1
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Language, Culture, and Identity: Framing the Issues

Like many similar works, this collection began as a conversation. Well, to be honest, it was more an argument than a conversation. One night over drinks we began discussing new directions in research methodology. Julie had sent David a copy of Carolyn Ellis’s “Final Negotiation,” a compelling account of her life with a partner with a terminal disease. David, somewhat provocatively, asked, “Well, it’s a wonderfully-written, moving account, but is it research?”