This original and authoritative exploration of ethnographic writing comes from one of the world's leading academics in the field, Paul Atkinson. The third book in his seminal quartet on ethnographic research, it provides thoughtful, reflective guidance on a crucial skill that is often difficult to master. Informed throughout by extracts from Paul’s own writing, this book explores and examines a broad range of types and genres of ethnographic writing, from fieldnotes and ‘confessions’, to conventional ‘realist’ writing and more. Whilst highlighting the possibilities and implications of ethnographic text, this valuable resource will help those conducting ethnographic research select and adopt the most appropriate approach for their study.

Writing the Self

Writing the Self

Autofiction and memoir

Now is a time of writing about selfhood. Fiction, fact and personal identities are merged in creative non-fiction, autofiction and memoir. This is not one genre, and there is no one style that defines all the possible texts. The status of some texts is open to dispute, and the boundaries are fuzzy (as always). And while it would be ridiculous to announce, yet again, the death of the novel, or the death of the monograph, conventional texts of realist representation have been joined by a great number of literary and academic works that occupy a hybrid space: where the author explores her or his own memories, surroundings, sensations and sense of self. This is a way of writing oneself ...

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