My understanding of the Autoethnographic Methodology

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My understanding of autoethnographic methodology has been developed from Carolyn EllisTony E. Adams & Arthur P. Bochner’s journal article, Autoethnography: An Overview. Since reading this, I have formed my own understanding of the topic.

Autoethnographers study a culture’s relational practices, common values and beliefs (Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. 2011) which allows individuals to form more coherent understandings. The way that autoethnographers conduct their methodology is vast. They often do this by:

  • Conducting interviews which provide opportunities to examine members of such culture.
  • Developing and sharpening their participatory observations – engaging in the culture and collecting assortments of notes.
  • Analyse artifacts and items of cultural significance with conceptual frameworks.
  • Reference to own culture to juxtapose against another culture.

This approach challenges traditional forms of performing research, through its alternative method of collecting information through social stimuli.

Autoethnography stemmed from realisations that narratives induce unique perceptions of thinking and feeling…

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