In His Own Time: An Autoethnographic Memorial

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Abstract

"In his own time: An autoethnographic memorial" pays tribute to how my life partner, "Jake," toiled to rehabilitate his life after great loss and struggle, while rebuilding an old family house. As Jake cleaned the debris and tuck-pointed and laid brick, he also brought back to life a family heritage of honor and justice-"of doing right no matter the consequences." Writing from what Ellen Fine (1988) calls "absent memory," memory that is observed and felt in witnessing the lives of others, yet is silenced, allowed me to find my own voice and place in the family and on the family land. "In his own time: An autoethnographic memorial" invites the reader to witness the rejuvenation of lives lived and lost as represented by the remaking of an old family house into something of its own.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-126
Number of pages8
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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