Creating Autoethnographies is an introduction to autoethnography, a form of autobiographical personal narrative that explores the writer's experience of life. The first ever practical text on this increasingly popular research method, it provides a background and considers some of the criticisms of the approach. It is suitable for all social science students, both graduate and upper level undergraduate.

The book is structured to mirror the process of writing about experience, from establishing an idea through to the process of writing and the development of creative writing skills, and provides detailed worked examples of the whole process. The final two chapters are devoted to exploring two cases in which readers can see the principles discussed in action. There are also a wide range of case studies drawn from a wide a range of social science disciplines and exercises throughout the text

In the book, Tessa Muncey identifies a number of trends in social science research, such as the increasing focus on the individual and giving a voice to service users, that are resulting in an increase of interest in narrative research. Creating Autoethnographies is a timely contribution to the field.

Why Do Autoethnography? Discovering the Individual in Research

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As a researcher or reader, I hope you will have arrived at the beginning of this book with your own myriad of questions. You may feel that you have a plethora of experience that is being repressed in your desire to conduct ‘proper’ research. You may have discovered that your own experiences are already directing you to certain topics to satisfy this personal experience, or directing you to certain questions that need answers, or indeed you may be experiencing the impact of missing literature in your reading, the conspicuous absence of ...

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