Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Talk that Talk: Storytelling and Analysis Rooted in African American Oral Tradition

Talk that Talk: Storytelling and Analysis Rooted in African American Oral Tradition

JoAnne Banks-Wallace
University of Missouri-Columbia

Stories are the foundation of qualitative research. However, the development of qualitative methods rooted in oral traditions remains largely unexplored by researchers. The contextual and historical influences on storytelling and storytaking are critical features of the African American oral tradition that are often ignored or minimized in qualitative research. Despite the complex and often contentious history of African Americans, their oral traditions have not been explored to reveal the depth of their lived experiences and the way those experiences inform their health concerns. The purpose of this article is twofold. First, dialogues about storytelling and storytaking are revisited and critiqued. Second, a comprehensive analytic process for gathering and interpreting stories rooted in African American oral tradition is outlined.
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