Autoethnography: Process, Product, and Possibility for Critical Social Research provides a short introduction to the methodological tools and concepts of autoethnography, combining theoretical approaches with practical “how to” information. Written for social science students, teachers, teacher educators, and educational researchers, the text shows readers how autoethnographers collect, analyze, and report data. With its grounding in critical social theory and inclusion of innovative methods, this practical resource will move the field of autoethnography forward.

Histories and Applications of Autoethnography as Critical Social Research

For it is impossible for [me] to begin to learn what [I] have a conceit that [I] already know.

—Epictetus, Discourses, 108 A.D./1920

Autoethnography represents a process, product, and possibility for learning more about a subject that you presumably know quite well—yourself. Centering yourself as the subject of interrogation, analysis, and critique rests on the Epictetian notion that you must come to this type of research with questions. You must come realizing that you do not already know yourself as well as you might think. You must come with questions about your identity and your role(s) in society. The goal of this book is to provide you with a process for pursuing critical questions about ...

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