Embroidery as method: Stitching together narrative becomings and data

  • Tamara S Hancock University of Missouri


There has been a shift in gender for the veterinary medical profession with little attention paid to the affects of women becoming veterinary students. To interrogate women becoming-veterinarian, I tell stories of becoming-veterinarian with the story of becoming-scholar using narrative inquiry. I used data produced with current veterinary students in conversation with a photograph of a white board and me. I embarked on an inventive analysis of sorting data excerpts and producing a new “white coat” with them—embroidering participant quotes onto the white coat I received when I entered veterinary school. This intra-action produced insights about becoming and I (re)present the crystallization of these analyses into narratives of becoming stitched together. In this story, I interrogate my role and pose questions about learning and becoming.