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Devika Chawla

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256433

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256433.001.0001

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Reluctant Nomads

(p.96) Five Adrift
Home, Uprooted

Devika Chawla

Fordham University Press

This chapter describes the author’s experience in writing the stories of her interviewees. The author said that the stories themselves or the act of reading or listening to them made her fidgety. She defines her experience as narrative lightheadedness, an atmospheric attunement identified as “an attention to the matterings, the complex emergent worlds, happening in everyday life.” Her nervousness and sense of being adrift is an ethnographic encounter in sociocultural work, in which the field or homes are considered physical locales, and participants are considered material bodies. The author added that her feelings results from an ethnographic representational quandary of reliving her participant’s narrative.

Keywords:   Devica Chowla, narrative lightheadedness, ethnographic encounter, ethnographers, field, home

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