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.

The Autoethnographic Process: Starting a New Story

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I can't let this book be finished before I mention some of the exquisite synchronicities that have guided its development – from the papers that appear just at the right time to the people who materialise just when I need them. Meeting David Carless was one such event. Stumbling across him at the Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Urbana-Champaign, in a workshop run by Tami Spry about performance autoethnography, seemed to bode well for establishing a shared interest. Listening to his and Kitrina Douglas's interpretation of their research in song in a creative methods ...

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