A primary act of imagination - An autoethnography of father-absence

Academic Article


  • This autoethnography details the author’s efforts during the past eight years to write and publish her dissertation research on the narratives of father-absent daughters, most notably Elizabeth’s story. The author’s understanding of father-absence is situated within the multifaceted and constantly evolving discursive fields of scholarly research and personal experience. As a “vulnerable observer,” locating her own narrative within that field of stories lies at the heart of the author’s writing. This research story illustrates the ongoing challenge of creating a livable personal narrative through “a primary act of imagination.”
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    Publication Date

  • April 2006
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In


  • autoethnography
  • father-absence
  • narrative
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 398
  • End Page

  • 426
  • Volume

  • 12
  • Issue

  • 2