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An Auto-Ethnographic Research Degree: Crafting Twice-Told Tales of Practice in Dialogue with Your Published (or Unpublished) Writings

By: Sally Denshire Published: 2016 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases
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In 2006, I commenced a doctoral project on my life as an occupational therapist. I was interested to find out how auto-ethnography could contribute to understanding professional practice and, in particular, the published work of experienced practitioners. My approach of crafting twice-told tales from moments of practice in dialogue with selected publications made this auto-ethnographic doctorate distinctive. Over 3½ years, I crafted a portfolio of tales of sexuality, food and death that emerged from an auto-ethnographically focused re-reading and re-writing of some of my published works (1985–2005).

This case study outlines some of the realities facing those who are considering writing auto-ethnographically in the context of a research degree. It is not a cautionary tale, but alerts aspiring auto-ethnographers who decide to assemble a layered account ...

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