The Autoethnography and Akira

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Autoethnography, compared to other research practices, relies on, and encourages, “subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher’s influence on research” as to provide an individualistic approach and view on a different culture to their own (Ellis et al. 2011). Through conducting an autoethnography, the research and the results are seen to be equally as important as the experience and the ability to view a culture through the eyes of your own different upbringing provides valuable insight into the differences and similarities of cultures. During the live tweeting screenings this session, we have been conducting our own small autoethnographies as majority of the class use twitter in order to compare our own pop culture references with the challenging content.

As above, I mentioned in week one that, in order for us to…

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  1. Hi Paddy,

    I found your blog post a really interesting read, and some of your insights into understanding Akira and autoethnography were also similar to mine!

    Firstly, I too drew comparisons between Akira and other Western cultural texts that were familiar to me. I think that in order to understand these foreign texts, as you said, through our own cultural framework, we automatically apply these comparisons.

    The connection that you drew between the teen angst of The Breakfast Club and in Akira was one that I hadn’t thought of, and I thought it was a really interesting point that you made. As you also discussed, we seem to have a tendency to perceive other cultures as completely different from our own, when in reality we all are still humans experiencing universal human emotions.

    The connection between Kanye West and Akira was one I also made, as I saw a tweet from Kanye referencing Akira as one of his “biggest creative inspirations” during my own live tweeting of the film. It is interesting to realise that much of the popular culture that we consume and know seems to have come from these much older, culturally different examples.

    It is clear that you understood the concept of autoethnography and how this informs your perception of cultural texts.


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