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Ellis, Carolyn

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By: Pat Sikes | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2020 | Length: 3 | DOI: |
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Carolyn Ellis (b. 1950) is an American sociologist who, since 1981, has worked in the Departments of Sociology and Communication at the University of South Florida. In 2014, she was awarded a Distinguished University Professorship at that institution. Since the 1990s, Ellis has been principally concerned with developing and using autoethnographical approaches and has come to be associated with a distinctive narrative style in both her research and methodological writings. Although her work has been controversial, it has had far-reaching influence on, and implications for, qualitative methodologies, methods, and writing per se.

Autoethnography takes a variety of forms. The defining characteristic is the inclusion of at least a degree of personal narrative and reflexive reflection on the socially located experience that is the focus of the ...

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