chapter  4
12 Pages

Reliving Final Negotiations

From the beginning story about Carolyn Ellis's childhood to Fisher Folk and through Final Negotiations; to the stories about her brother, her mother, and the pregnancy termination; to communication breakdowns with my dying friend, in minor bodily stigma, September 11th, and, finally, the story of Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA), she has had to think about the ethics of writing about other people's lives, her own experiences, and the communities in which she has worked and lived. If autoethnographic stories are to be an effective practice for learning and teaching about the intimacies of social relationships and family life and for effecting social understanding and change, people as researchers must act in ethical ways and tell their stories in an ethical manner. Meta-autoethnographic reflections that complexify or raise questions about events and issues in the original or follow-up stories or analyses often occur as short vignettes or story interludes.