Autoethnography: A Decolonizing Research Methodological Approach


Autoethnography, a qualitative research methodology in which an author uses self-reflection and writing to explore their personal experience situated within wider cultural, political, historical, and social contexts, is an apt research method to explore issues of importance to marginalized communities. Psychological research has explored issues of psychological phenomena employing methodologies that have been critiqued as further colonizing marginalized groups. There have been recent moves toward the use of decolonizing research methods in psychology to address these concerns. In this case study, this author will discuss the need for decolonizing research methodologies, explain autoethnography as one such approach and discuss an autoethnography conducted in examining cultural phenomena.

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