Narrative Ethics

Authored by: Derek M. Bolen , Tony E. Adams

The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138784291
eBook ISBN: 9781315768199
Adobe ISBN: 9781317665717


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You once worked with a colleague on an essay about her father and their emotionally distant relationship. You asked if he should have the right to read the essay; she believed that he did not have the right to read the essay, at least at the time of writing. She soon wanted to publish the essay, so you asked again if he should have the right to read it. She still did not think so – the story was more hers, less his – though she was comfortable with the idea of him accessing the publication or giving him the essay in a few years. After much deliberation, and as a gesture toward compromise, she decided to publish the essay in a free, open-access journal – one that her father could easily access – rather than in a traditional, subscription-based journal that might take great effort to find.

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