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Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology

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Indo-Pac. j. phenomenol. (Online) vol.11 n.1 Grahamstown May. 2011 

Capture the unexpressed: Anecdote as a device in hermeneutic phenomenological research



Margareth Eilifsen




I sit on the edge of the bed of my youngest daughter and read the fairy tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. My little four-year-old daughter has heard this story thousands of times and simply loves it. In my eagerness to create a good story and a good setting I add some personal description to the story. Then she who is thrilled with the story makes a strange face and corrects my telling: "No, mama, it is not like that. You have to tell the truth ".



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