Autoethnography, as defined last blog post, is described by Carolyn Ellis as “an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno).”
It’s a broad, sweeping definition that has a whole lot to unpack. But really, what does this mean?
The methodology has been broken down into steps: 1. Determine your field site. 2. Gather your data. 3. Identify key observations/epiphanies. 4. Interrogate your assumptions. 5. Engage in further research and analysis. 6. Communicate your findings.
Drawing on my viewing experience (which I documented via live-tweeting) of the 1988 Japanese Anime Akira, I will attempt to identify the elements of an autoethnographic process as I tried to make sense of the text as a white Australian female in 2018.
One of my favourite live-tweeting tropes while watching the assigned…
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