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Stories, Community, and Place: Narratives for Middle America


reviewed by Herve Varenne 1992

coverTitle: Stories, Community, and Place: Narratives for Middle America
Author(s): Barbara Johnstone
Publisher: Indiana University Press, Bloomington
ISBN: 025333134X, Pages: , Year: 1990
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A book received for review is to be opened first at random. Only later should one give it a linear reading. Thus is a first impression formed, which in this case was very positive: Here is, I thought, a profound renewal of an important genre among those we use to learn about our contemporaries in the detail of their hidden everyday life—the community study where a careful observer tells us about conditions someplace we did not quite know. Such positive first impressions may be hard to live up to. What Johnstone is doing may be too new, newer and more daring perhaps than she is aware, to be pulled off the first time around. Here, she tells us, are voices from Fort Wayne, Indiana, as they tell “the relationships between individuals and communities” (p. 2). Here are the stories that the people tell each other. Here is an analysis that highlights... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 94 Number 1, 1992, p. 190-193
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 198, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 8:52:10 AM

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