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Creating Autoethnographies

Author : Tessa Muncey
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Creating Autoethnographies is an introduction to autoethnography, a form of autobiographical personal narrative that explores the writer's experience of life. The first ever practical text on this increasingly popular research method, it provides a background and considers some of the criticisms of the approach. It is suitable for all social science students, both at postgraduate and also upper level undergraduate stage. The book is structured to mirror the process of writing about experience, from establishing an idea through to the process of writing and the development of creative writing skills, and provides detailed worked examples of the whole process. The final two chapters are devoted to exploring two cases in which readers can see the principles discussed in action. There are also a wide range of case studies drawn from a wide a range of social science disciplines and exercises throughout the text. In the book, Tessa Muncey identifies a number of trends in social science research, such as the increasing focus on the individual and giving a voice to service users, that are resulting in an increase of interest in narrative research. Creating Autoethnographies is a timely contribution to the field. Tessa Muncey is one of the leading names in this field and is the annual organiser and chair of the Mixed Methods Conference.

Creating a Multivocal Self

Author : Julie Choi
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Showcasing a new methodology in language learning and identity research, this carefully conceptualized, innovative book explicates the use of autoethnography as a way of re-imagining one’s sense of linguistic and cultural identity. A key work for researchers and students in Applied Linguistics and Language Education, it addresses fundamental aspects of research methodology and explores substantive issues relating to individual dimensions of multilingualism. Choi shows convincingly how the learning of a language is inseparable from one’s constant searching for a voice, a place, and a self in this world, demonstrating the importance of interrogating what lies behind everyday life events and interactions—the political and ethical implications of the utterances, thoughts, actions, and stories of the self and others. Themes of authenticity, illegitimacy, power relations, perceptions of self/other, cultural discourses and practices, and related issues in multilingual identity development surface in the multi-modal narratives. Chapters on methodology, woven through the book, focus on the process of knowledge production, approaches to writing narratives, the messiness of research writing practices, and the inseparability of writing and research.

Handbook of Autoethnography

Author : Tony E. Adams
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The second edition of the award-winning Handbook of Autoethnography is a thematically organized volume that contextualizes contemporary practices of autoethnography and examines how the field has developed since the publication of the first edition in 2013. Throughout, contributors identify key autoethnographic themes and commitments and offer examples of diverse, thoughtful, effective, applied, and innovative autoethnography. The second edition is organized into five sections: In Section 1, Doing Autoethnography, contributors explore definitions of autoethnography, identify and demonstrate key features of autoethnography, and engage philosophical, relational, cultural, and ethical foundations of autoethnographic practice. In Section 2, Representing Autoethnography, contributors discuss forms and techniques for the process and craft of creating autoethnographic projects, using various media in/as autoethnography, and marking and making visible particular identities, knowledges, and voices. In Section 3, Teaching, Evaluating, and Publishing Autoethnography, contributors focus on supporting and supervising autoethnographic projects. They also offer perspectives on publishing and evaluating autoethnography. In Section 4, Challenges and Futures of Autoethnography, contributors consider contemporary challenges for autoethnography, including understanding autoethnography as a feminist, posthumanist, and decolonialist practice, as well as a method for studying texts, translations, and traumas. The volume concludes with Section 5, Autoethnographic Exemplars, a collection of sixteen classic and contemporary texts that can serve as models of autoethnographic scholarship. With contributions from more than 50 authors representing more than a dozen disciplines and writing from various locations around the world, the handbook develops, refines, and expands autoethnographic inquiry and qualitative research. This text will be a primary resource for novice and advanced researchers alike in a wide range of social science disciplines.

Native American Autoethnography Sovereignty and Self

Author : Penelope Myrtle Kelsey
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Author : Tony E. Adams
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Autoethnography is a method of research that involves describing and analyzing personal experiences in order to understand cultural experiences. The method challenges canonical ways of doing research and recognizes how personal experience influences the research process. Autoethnography acknowledges and accomodates subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher's influence on research. In this book, the authors provide a historical and conceptual overview of autoethnography. They share their stories of coming to autoethnography and identify key concerns and considerations that led to the development of the method. Next, they outline the purposes and practices--the core ideals--of autoethnography, how autoethnographers can accomplish these ideals, and why researchers might choose to do autoethnography. They describe the processes of doing autoethnography, conducting fieldwork, discussing ethics in research, and interpreting and analyzing personal experience, and they explore the various modes and techniques used and involved in writing autoethnography. They conclude with goals for creating and assessing autoethnography and describe the future of autoethnographic inquiry. Throughout, the authors provide numerous examples of their work and share key resources. This book will serve as both a guide to the practices of doing autoethnography and an exemplar of autoethnographic research processes and representations.

Creating a Counterpublic

Author : Patrick James Noonan
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Ethnologia Europaea Journal of European Ethnology

Author : Tom O'Dell
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Ethnography has become something of a buzzword in recent years. It is talked about and invoked in disciplines ranging from anthropology and ethnology to literature, history, business administration and design studies. Textbooks that teach ethnography tend to imbue students with the impression that ethnography is a mode of systematic investigation by which the researcher gets closer to the realities of people's everyday lives. But how straightforward are these processes in reality? As ethnography spreads into new folds of research both within and without the academy, the contributions in this volume demonstrate the manner in which field methods are adjusting, transforming or taking new forms altogether. If textbooks might lead students to believe that observations and interviews are the grounds upon which good ethnography can regularly be produced, the authors in this volume take as their point of departure the realisation that ethnography is being used in a multitude of different contexts which forces them -- and us as readers -- to question the regularities and irregularities of their own work.

Coming to Shore

Author : Marie Mauze
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The first book to explore the role of the Northwest Coast in three distinct national traditions of anthropology, American, Canadian, and French.

Searching for Mother

Author : Diane L. Maldonado
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Creative Selves Creative Cultures

Author : Stacy Holman Jones
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This book addresses and demonstrates the importance of critical approaches to autoethnography, particularly the commitment that such approaches make to theorizing the personal and to creating work that embodies a social justice ethos. Arts-based and practice-led approaches to this work allow the explanatory power of critical theory to be linked with creative, aesthetically engaging, and personal examples of the ideas at work. By making use of personal stories, critical autoethnography also allows for commenting on, critiquing, and transforming damaging and unjust cultural beliefs and practices by questioning and problematizing the relationships of power that are bound up in these selves, cultures and practices. The essays in this volume provide readers with work that demonstrates how critical autoethnography offers researchers and scholars across multiple disciplines a method for creatively putting critical theory into action. The book will be vital reading for students, researchers and scholars working in the fields of education, communication studies, sociology and cultural anthropology, and the performing arts.

Innovation in Tourism creating Customer Value

Author : Peter Keller
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From Vanishing to Visible

Author : Rebecca Jane Dobkins
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Photography and Autoethnography

Author : Lauren E. Goldstein
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My project is an example of the power of personal narrative and its use to learn about the self by telling one's story. I used the personal narrative as a tool to discover the self and recover histories while concurrently performing an autoethnographic study in order to explore how my specific memories surrounding abuse may hold broader significance for others. I utilized both of the aforementioned tools to explore these questions: What occurs when a survivor of abuse employs personal reflection, learning and story-telling in an effort to explore memory? How can my personal process of creating photographs from memory inform future collective or personal research? To answer my questions I enabled the method currere, an autoethnographical process that encourages thoughtful consideration of the personal past and present. I merged this technique with memory-work, a process involving detailed reflection on specific memories. The method of creation was based strongly in phototherapy techniques, in which I reenacted my memories for the camera over a period of six weeks. I began by depicting gestures that had been common in the relationship with my abuser, which lead me to further explore other memories, strictly considering myself as the subject matter. My photographs became my data. I reflected on each scene I had re-created, and the significance of both the memory and the visual product. Creating scenes from memory for the camera allowed me to insert myself back into the past, and to critically reflect on each memory's hold on my present. My path to the creation of these works was infused with hesitation, but once I was making photos I started to remember more about my experience with abuse. This significant finding indicated that I was achieving the personal learning that I had set out to discover.

The Elizabethan Theatre

Author : David Galloway
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Author : Norman K Denzin
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This collection of recent works by Norman K. Denzin provides a history of the field of qualitative inquiry over the past two decades. As perhaps the leading proponent of this style of research, Denzin has led the way toward more performative writing, toward conceptualizing research in terms of social justice, toward inclusion of indigenous voices, and toward new models of interpretation and representation. In these 13 essays—which originally appeared in a wide variety of sources and are edited and updated here—the author traces how these changes have transformed qualitative practice in recent years. In an era when qualitative inquiry is under fire from conservative governmental and academic bodies, he points the way toward the future, including a renewed dialogue on paradigmatic pluralism.

Towards an Indigenous Ethnography of Performance

Author : Virginie Magnat
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Canadian Journal of Native Education

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Our Bodies Our Souls Creating a Trans Latina Archive Through Critical Autoethnography

Author : Claudia L Rodriguez
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Transgender Latina immigrants occupy a limited and unfavorable space in the popular imagination. Essentialist and reductive master narratives erase the richness and complexity of this community. General representations of trans Latinas fixate on gender and racial violence, and victimization. Rarely do these representations focus on experiences that embody trans Latinas' everyday lives, struggles, love, aspirations and acts of resilience. The need for alternative discourses for trans Latina immigrants is especially pressing now under the Trump administration when immigrants are depicted as economic and cultural threats to the "Great American" way of life, and immigrant families are torn apart as parents get deported en masse and their children abandoned to an uncertain future. There are very few published works written by transgender Latina immigrants. Accounts of transgender women's experiences in the media, and in the fields of medicine and psychiatry vastly overwhelm those of actual transgender women. My research addresses this gap in the literature by centering and facilitating recovered histories and experiences of Trans Latina immigrants through a methodology I call critical autoethnography. Using participatory action research, I will recruit, engage, and guide the participation of transgender Latina immigrants to help design a way of writing about the self that is both a personal narrative about their life experiences, as well as a critical self- reflection--hence the name, "critical autoethnography." This collaborative writing method generates transgender Latina immigrant narratives as told by the participants, themselves, in their own voices, and focuses on issues, struggles, and experiences that they choose to make the subject of their narrative. Not only do these critical autoethnographies challenge anti-immigrant and white heteropatriarchal rhetoric, they also contribute to a trans Latina immigrant archive and epistemology. This methodology offers a new way for trans Latinas to write themselves into history, as Chicana historian Emma Perez advocates, and thus decolonize their representation.

An Examined Life of a Language Teacher of Chinese

Author : Ying Zhang
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There is a paucity of research about and done by L2 Chinese educators regarding the theoretical construct of agency. It is also noted that the qualitative inquiry is marginalized in L2 Chinese research field, let alone the narrative study of the agency of experienced by L2 Chinese-teachers. In this dissertation research, I aim at filling in the gap by conducting a longitudinal autoethnography which captures over a decade (1997-2017) of my personal and professional development with an agency perspective. The highly personalized autoethnographic accounts open up my personal and professional life as an experienced, college-level, transnational, early 40's female native Chinese teacher from mainland China. Using socio-cultural sensibilities and ecological approach of agency to scrutinize the paradigm shifts and behavioral changes over extended periods of time, I strive to make visible my active sense-making of affordances and constraints of diverse societal and educational surroundings in Indonesia, the US, China and the US again. I hope to exam the personal world and intellectual, professional trajectory over a long time to extend readers' sociological understanding (Sparkes, 2000) of the rich and complex life of a language teacher. The critical reflexive analysis, deep reflection, and writing as analysis inquiry of my own transformations are demonstrated in multiple shifting identities over time and across different milieu, from English as a foreign language teacher, to Chinese as a second language teacher within China and to Chinese as a foreign language teacher outside Chinese-speaking context, from a teacher-researcher, teacher mentor, teacher educator, to a lifelong teacher-learner. The manifestations of various forms of agency-as-achievements and the evolvement of agency-as-capacities have also been examined. One of the main impetuses of this autoethnographic project is creating an alternative narrative of a nonconformist so as to challenge the existing stereotypical narratives of Chineseness in work-abroad native-speaking China-born teachers as well as traditional development trajectory of language teachers. My concrete experiences as a transcultural, bilingual, and bicultural (L1 Chinese, L2 English) language educator together with intellectual biography exhibit a unique personal, scholarly and professional growth in a postmodern, globalized, multicultural era through various social identities and evolving agency development. Using the power of autoethnography, I make explicit the multiplicity of self-representation and critically self-reflective learning about agency. This work hopes to inspire reflective and reflexive practices in other L2 educators, especially experienced in-service language teachers, to destabilize their ideologies and beliefs regarding L2 education and reflective practice, to educate their attention to social aspects of language learning and teaching, and to humanized language education. Ultimately, readers are encouraged to move into action to explore the notion of agency and use the power of autoethnography in language education and on language education.

Qualitative Health Research

Author : Janice M Morse
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The leading figure in qualitative health research (QHR), Janice M. Morse, asserts that QHR is its own separate discipline—distinct from both traditional health research and other kinds of qualitative research—and examines the implications of this position for theory, research, and practice. She contends that the health care environments transform many of the traditional norms of qualitative research and shape a new and different kind of research tradition. Similarly, the humanizing ethos of qualitative health research has much to teach traditional researchers and practitioners in health disciplines. She explores how the discipline of QHR can play out in practice, both in the clinic and in the classroom, in North America and around the world. A challenging, thought-provoking call to rethink how to conduct qualitative research in health settings.