Autoethnography

Autoethnography is a methodology that begins with the researcher as the site of study.The approach is intended to be evocative, stimulating memories of the past. Those memories may be poignant, painful, and perhaps embarrassing.   They reveal the researcher’s vulnerability, but through that revelation he learns more about himself and his practice.  The autoethnographer sees the universal through the particular. As the audience reads the text, they generalize it to their experiences, provoking reflection and spurring knowledge development. Faculty, students, alumni, and affiliates are encouraged to use this forum to engage in meaningful dialogue regarding the use of autoethnography. Feel free to ask questions, share resources, and explore how best to engage in AE.

Lynne Devnew's picture Lynne Devnew | December 4, 2017 11:10 am MST

Hi all, My research team has been working on a multi-stage collaborative autoethnography for four years now and have published on both our content and our experience as researchers.  The latter, "Learning from Our Multi-Stage Collaborative Autoenthnography" can be found at The Qualitative Report.

One of the interesting experiences I had in the course of having the article published was the feedback in the peer-review process.  We had read everything we'd been able to find on Collaborative Autoethnography (I have a fairly extensive annotated bibliography if anyone would find it helpful), but had not read much about autoethnography, which was apparent in some of the references to relatively unexplored areas that the reviewer found evidence of ignorance! We had some catching up to do - but the works are all fascinating. Carolyn Ellis's works are a good place to start!

Recently I've been working on an autoethnography looking back at my years at IBM.  I've written one chapter on the employee development aspects and am trying to decide what to do with some of the more fun themes - such as what I've called my "one of the boys" experiences.  

I'd love to explore this further with anyone interested!

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Lane's picture James Lane | December 4, 2017 11:34 am MST

Hi Lynne, Thnks for your insight.  TQR is a good place to receive constructive feedback en route to publication.  I'm also interested in learning more about collaborative autoethnography.  Ironically, one of my recently-graduated doc students is considering such a project with a colleague.  I think it's an excellent way to peruse the inner workings of any professional (or personal) interaction.

Would you send me the bibliography you mentioned?  I would like to share it and post it here.

Thanks!

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