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.

A Complete Autoethnographic Account

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The preceding chapters have mainly focused on issues to be considered in the telling of a personal story. Nested within these stories of course, are other characters that play different parts in our life events, who may have different interpretations of our story and who deserve some consideration when an account is to be published. Using the biographical details of people can be ethically challenging and this chapter will consider ways of dealing with this concern. All the usual ethical considerations of beneficence and non maleficence apply to autoethnographic research, as with any other social science research approach; however, in this case, given the lack of disguise afforded the main character, those who ...

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