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.

Mining and Priming Critical Social Theory for Autoethnography

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  • What is a theory? What is social theory? What is critical social theory?
  • What components of theory and theoretical frameworks might autoethnographers consider?
  • How do many autoethnographers engage theory in a manner that resembles Paulo Freire’s approach to mining and priming knowledge?
  • What exemplars of critical social theory emerge from contemporary autoethnography in highly selective peer-reviewed publications?
  • What guidelines might autoethnographers consider when infusing theory into their work?

As we have noted previously, autoethnography is similar to all research in that it is driven by theory. Even though the autoethnographic focus is on the self, there are various theoretical frames through which autoethnographers view themselves and their work. Everyone has theories about how the world works. They may ...

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