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The Ins and Outs of Doing Autoethnography: An Insight into the Methodology of My Thesis on Australian Male Age Discrimination

By: Colin Martin Brown Published: 2014 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases
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This case is drawn from my recently submitted PhD thesis on the effects of perceived age discrimination in employment practices on Australian professional men and highlights my pathway to completion, including the difficulties I experienced in convincing peers, supervisors and other academics to accept the autoethnographic methodology. As the author, I have input evidence and contributed my own history, making the final thesis a qualitative phenomenological reflexive autoethnography. The thesis covers literature of the psychological effects on the unemployed and culminates in an examination of the effects on the lives of those who perceive they have suffered age discrimination. The methodology around which my thesis is constructed prescribes the usage of a small number of interviews to elicit and promote the voice of the discriminated. ...

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