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.

Second Guiding Process : Legitimizing Autoethnography With Three Approaches

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  • Legitimizing (or legitimation) is important to autoethnography because of the high level of scrutiny applied to autoethnographic studies.
  • Legitimizing is the process of making something “legitimate” or accepted, whereby many of the preferred practices of individuals with legitimate authority are adopted as cultural standards, benchmarks, and criteria for establishing credibility.
  • Integral to the process of legitimizing is the understanding and implementation of rules and norms, and distinct approaches that comply with those rules and norms.

Legitimizing (also known as legitimation) is the process of making something “legitimate.” In the context of scholarly research, it involves the existence and prevalence of habitual social acts, positions, structures, and practices that become taken-for-granted (legitimated) objects with established rules ...

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