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.

Anticipating the Future of Autoethnography as Critical Social Research

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  • Autoethnography continues to grow in the critical social research literature; however, some ethnography scholars argue that the method should assume a more traditional qualitative direction.
  • Social media and supporting technologies are opening possibilities for autoethnography.
  • Autoethnographic writing, performances, presentations, and professional development at major academic research associations continue to increase. Autoethnography is finding additional academic spaces with the growth of interest in mixed methodologies and interdisciplinary research.
  • The future of autoethnography will depend on how scholars of the approach begin addressing key gaps in its application, including epistemology, clarity, transparency, and evaluation.
  • Many highly selective academic journals of critical social research publish autoethnography articles, and most of them also publish quantitative research, thereby extending the potential ...
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