Blurring Boundaries The Creation of Composite Characters in Critical Race Storytelling

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For those seeking to do rigorous and meaningful race research, determining the most appropriate research methods to use in a racially charged context is always a methodological preoccupation, particularly as it pertains to the re-presentation of lived experiences. For critical race theory scholars, the relationship between life and narrative is theoretical, methodological, and practical. Cook argues that a significant nuance of CRT lies in its blurring the boundary between theory and method as an essential challenge to dominant methodological and epistemological canons in education research. Methodologically, a unique manifestation of this intentional blurring in the production of counterstories and the use of composite characters. In this chapter, we delve more deeply into the mechanics of constructing composite counterstory characters from research data and demonstrate how this form of representation is distinct from traditional narrative renderings of research participants.

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Bryan, M. & Cook, D. A. (2021). Blurring boundaries: The creation of composite characters in critical race storytelling. In M. Lynn & A. D. Dixson (Eds.), Handbook of critical race theory in education (pp. 251 - 267). Routledge.


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