Leaning : a poetics of personal relations / Ronald J. Pelias.
- Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast Press, ©2011.
- Writing lives--ethnographic narratives
Writing lives: ethnographic narratives
239 pages ; 24 cm.
- Ethnology -- Biographical methods.
Ethnology -- Authorship.
Language and culture.
Communication and culture.
- Ronald J Pelias explores leaning as a metaphor for analyzing interpersonal interaction. Bodies leaning toward one another are engaged, developing the potential for long-lasting, meaningful relationships. But this ideal is not often realized. Pelias makes use of a wide variety of tools such as personal narrative, autoethnography, poetic inquiry and performative writing in his exploration of the physical space of relationships. This deeply personal work is essential for scholars and students of qualitative research and autoethnography.
- Preface : leaning into a beginning
part 1: Languaging relationships. Some substantiated and unsubstantiated claims for communication
Relational language : a poetic sense-making
Struggling for speech
Stephen Dunn and the poetics of living
part 2: Listening to myself and others. Self-portrait : standing on a nail
Reading Barthes as a lover
Walking and writing with Laurel Richardson : a story in poems
Three tales of understanding
part 3: Watching men. Making my masculine body behave
Jarheads, girly men, and the pleasures of violence
A personal history of lust on Bourbon Street
part 4: Holding friends and lovers. The pull and push of friendship
Evidence of love
Relational development and deterioration : some more of the story
part 5: Carrying family. Family lessons
Stories we do and do not tell
Afterword : leaning toward a way of being.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 9781598746402 (hc : alk. paper)
1598746405 (hc : alk. paper)
9781598746419 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1598746413 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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