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.

Chapter 3: First Guiding Process : Problematizing What You Know for New-Self Insight

First Guiding Process : Problematizing What You Know for New-Self Insight

Esmeralda Rodriguez Sharon Shofer Meghan Harter Nitasha Clark

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  • One key guiding process of autoethnography involves problematizing what you know for new-self insight.
  • Paulo Freire described problematization as a reciprocal teaching and learning project intended to disrupt our taken-for-granted knowledge.
  • Michel Foucault applied the term problematization in two ways: (a) to describe his preferred method of analysis and (b) to reference a process of producing objects for critical inquiry.
  • Initiating research by problematizing what you know is similar to approaches used in related forms of critical cultural studies, in that after one submits to the process, one is ...
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