In this essay, I offer a review of the book, On (Writing) Families: Autoethnographies of Presence and Absence, Love and Loss, edited by Jonathan Wyatt and Tony E. Adams. An important contribution to the field of authethnography, this book will appeal not only to scholars of family and of qualitative inquiry, but also to people struggling to find meaning in the crazy complexities of family relationships.


Autoethnography, Family, Writing

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Jessica Smartt Gullion, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Texas Woman’s University, where she teaches courses on qualitative methodology and medical sociology. She has published more twenty peer-reviewed articles on community response to infectious disease and environmental health threats. She is also author of the arts-based research novel, October Birds: A Novel about Pandemic Influenza, Infection Control, and First Responders (Sense 2014), and the forthcoming ethnography, Fracking the Neighborhood (MIT Press 2015). Correspondence regarding this review can be addressed directly to Jessica Smartt Gullion at Email: jgullion@twu.edu

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