Exploring Identity and Assimilation: Research and Interpretive Poems

Carol L. Langer, Rich Furman


Through the presentation of traditional qualitative and poetic data, this article explores the experience of a Native American woman coming to terms with her bi-racial identity and issues related to assimilation. Data is presented in three different ways, each with varied implications for qualitative and expressive arts researchers. First, data is presented as an in-depth qualitative interview with interpretive comments. Next, the authors present a research poem that utilizes the subject's exact words in compressed form. This is followed by two interpretative, creative poems that reflect the authors' attempts at capturing the essence of the subject's experience. The strengths and limitations of each of these methods are assessed. The article further discusses the implications of using poems and other expressive arts as data.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs040254


poetry; expressive arts research; qualitative methods; poetry as data; Native American

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-5.2.609

Copyright (c) 2004 Carol L. Langer, Rich Furman

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