Inequality can be difficult for many people to understand, and deal with all together. So, Much of the time when people experience inequality they find ways to cope and deal with this uncomfortable barrier. This can involve pretending that the inequality doesn’t exist or attempting to have a better understanding of it. In the article Ethnographic fiction: the space between Roxanne Varzi discusses that when she was an 8 year old girl she used to “write stories to either escape or explain the revolution in Iran.” This was Varzi’s coping strategy to both escape and understand the violence and inequality she was experiencing.
Inequality can also result in liminal periods in a person’s life in the sense that they are not sure where they belong. Varzi explains that the revolution “turned her single identity as a dorageh, or two-veined Iranian into half-American.”It seems that experiencing inequality and or violence from a young can have lasting effects into adulthood. Because as a child Varzi used to deal with the revolution by writing about it later in the future when she experienced events she explains, “If she didn’t write about it, it was if the event had not happened, or was somehow unreal and unbelievable.
This brought on another liminal period of Varzi’s different writing styles. It seemed to be difficult for her to write in one genre. She explains that her writing was a combination of literary, non-fiction, and fiction. It seems that because of the way Varzi chose to deal with the revolution as a child (by constantly writing) that carried over into her adult life and made it more difficult for her to write in a more structured and consistent ways. It is interesting that how one chooses to cope or deal with something such as inequality can have these lasting effects.
Ethnographic Fiction: The Space in Between by Roxanne Varzi