a research monograph written
This book follows a physically disabled researcher’s journey from stigmatized embodiment to creating accessible storytelling performances that function as peer-reviewed critical qualitative research and applied-learning pedagogy in pursuit of social justice. It begins with developing personal standpoint, moves through complications in research design and data collection, negotiates creating performance research within course learning objectives, navigates responses from community members, academics, social activists, and performance critics, and ends with a new research question. Critical autoethnographic personal narratives, performance scripts, and poetry illuminate struggles over legitimate methodological practice and storytelling performance pedagogy. Each chapter confronts the fear of mortality that compels us to stigmatize those who remind us of our inescapably vulnerable embodiments and offers hope for an inclusive, adaptable culture. This message speaks to scholars in Performance Studies, Disability Studies, Cultural Studies, Narrative Methodology, Ethnography, Higher Education, Autoethnography, Creative Nonfiction and everyone interested embodiment and/or storytelling for social change.