Understanding Autoethnogrophy


As described in the text; Autoethnography: An Overview, “Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno)” (ELLIS, 2004; HOLMAN JONES, 2005). To further divulge into a deeper understanding of autoethnography and its history. I will attempt to give a reconstructed definition in my own words, and look towards how I will employ its use in my investigation into k-pop.

Autoethnography places much more emphasis on ones sense of self and personal experiences to accommodate “subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher’s influence on research, rather than hiding from these matters or assuming they don’t exist.” This methodology was constructed because of sterile research practices that would generally bring harm and exploitation to the culture being studied; as opposed to this ‘outsider looking in’ point of view, autoethnographic…

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