On (Writing) Families: Autoethnographies of Presence and Absence, Love and Loss

Jonathan Wyatt (Editor), Tony E. Adams (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

Abstract / Description of output

Who are we with—and without—families? How do we relate as children to our parents, as parents to our children? How are parent-child relationships—and familial relationships in general—made and (not) maintained?

Informed by narrative, performance studies, poststructuralism, critical theory, and queer theory, contributors to this collection use autoethnography—a method that uses the personal to examine the cultural—to interrogate these questions. The essays write about/around issues of interpersonal distance and closeness, gratitude and disdain, courage and fear, doubt and certainty, openness and secrecy, remembering and forgetting, accountability and forgiveness, life and death.

Throughout, family relationships are framed as relationships that inspire and inform, bind and scar—relationships replete with presence and absence, love and loss. An essential text for anyone interested in autoethnography, personal narrative, identity, relationships, and family communication.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRotterdam
PublisherSense Publishers, Rotterdam
Number of pages158
ISBN (Electronic)9789462096226
ISBN (Print)9789462096202, 9789462096219
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • autoethnography
  • Relationships


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