By Jane Palmer
Storytelling ethnography is a valuable tool if your research traverses several disciplines and aims for insights that transcend all of them. Stories not only integrate knowledge from diverse disciplines, but can also “change the way people act, the way they use available knowledge” (Griffiths 2007).
The special qualities of transdisciplinarity are:
- its potential for integrative inquiry and emergent solutions,
- its engagement with community and other non-academic knowledges, and
- the breadth of its outcomes for researchers, participants and the wider community.
These are also qualities of what I call storytelling ethnography.