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.

Autoethnography : Introduction and Overview

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  • What is the history of autoethnography as it relates to traditional qualitative research approaches?
  • How does autoethnography function as a broad methodology as well as a specific method of data collection and analysis?
  • How is autoethnography debated and critiqued because of its focus on the self?
  • What are five key ideas to consider when applying autoethnography as critical social research?

Histories of Autoethnography

Prior to discussing the functions and forms that define autoethnography as contemporary critical social research, we need to address the histories of autoethnography and how the genre has evolved. We begin this introductory chapter by delving into the historical evolution of the naming of autoethnography. Autoethnography in its most simplified definition is the study of the self (Reed-Danahay, ...

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