BCM320 – Autoethnography and Akira

Eliza Appel

This week we took a closer look at how to distinguish autoethnography in its variations as well as took a look and live tweeted the 1988 classic anime film Akira. 

“When researchers do autoethnography, they retrospectively and selectively write about epiphanies that stem from, or are made possible by, being part of a culture and/or by possessing a particular cultural identity”

-Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. (2011) ‘Autoethnography: An Overview‘-

From this weeks reading the most profound element I found within was the importance of the epiphany. This moment of realisation that is like opening a door into a whole new world. That level of understanding, of experiencing something, and then making sense of it in your own experience is an interesting viewpoint in terms of research. Autoethnography, stemming from autobiography and ethnography has already placed itself in some middle ground between an analytical and…

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