“The social science model of writing, in effect, requires researchers to suppress the story of their own research, the human processes through which the work was constituted over time….Narrative is the best way to understand the human experience, because it is the way humans understand their own lives….If we wish to understand the deepest and most universal of human experiences, if we wish our work to be faithful to the lived experiences of people, if we wish for a union between poetics and science, if we wish to reach a variety of readers, or if we wish to use our privileges and skills to empower the people we study, then we need to foreground, not suppress, the narrative within the human sciences. How and for whom we write lives matters.”

~Laurel Richardson

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