As part of this multilayered conversation about stigma, this volume discusses the relationship between the stigmatized individual and our role as researchers. Here we address our own perspectives as researchers struggling with stigma issues and tellability, as well as scholarly reflexive concerns dealing with what can't be said when working with stigmatized groups or topics. The disciplinary focus of folklore positions us well to concentrate on the vernacular experience of the stigmatized, but it also propels us toward analysis of the performance of stigma, the process of stigmatization, and the political representation of stigmatized populations. These perspectives come to the fore in this book, as does the multilayered nature of stigma—its ability to reproduce, overlap, and spread, not just in terms of replication but also in terms of the ethnographer's ability to apprehend it and her ability to research and write about it.
The Stigmatized Vernacular: Where Reflexivity Meets Untellability Diane E. Goldstein and Amy Shuman
"It's Really Hard to Tell the True Story of Tobacco": Stigma, Tellability, and Reflexive Scholarship Ann K. Ferrell
Contextualization, Reflexivity, and the Study of Diabetes-Related Stigma Sheila Bock
Rethinking Ventriloquism: Untellability, Chaotic Narratives, Social Justice, and the Choice to Speak For, About, and Without Diane E. Goldstein
The Stigmatized Vernacular: Political Asylum and the Politics of Visibility/Recognition Amy Shuman and Carol Bohmer
Diane E. Goldstein is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University and is a former President of the American Folklore Society. Her publications include Talking AIDS: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Once Upon a Virus: AIDS Legends and Vernacular Risk Perception and Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore.
Amy Shuman is Professor of folklore at Ohio State University. Her publications include Storytelling Rights: The Uses of Oral and Written Texts by Urban Adolescents, Other People's Stories: Entitlement Claims and the Critique of Empathy, and (with Carol Bohmer) Rejecting Refugees: Political Asylum in the 21st Century.