Attachment and Dislocation: African-American Journeys in the USA

Part of the Social Disparities in Health and Health Care book series (SDHHC, volume 1)


My ethnographic writing cannot sit still, as people in the text move from place to place through time and over time; they are forced to move; they may follow their hearts; they change their course, and they change before my eyes. This essay describes the methodological challenge of doing ethnography over time, space, place, and generation, and the creation of writing strategies that convey the multiple meanings of home and the complexities of race, gender, generation, and social inequality.


Return Migration Migration Stream Head Start Program Northern City Return Movement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Duke UniversityChapel HillUSA

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