Autoethnography and ‘Akira’


Autoethnography… A term I had heard of but until a few weeks ago, had given little to no thought. Since joining the #BCM320 cohort, I feel that I have grasped a fairly good understanding of what this concept is, and how to apply it to my research for this subject.

So, what is it?

Ellis et al (2011) define it as “an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.” (p. 1).

In my understanding, it means applying your own cultural framework and the way in which you see the world to understanding and researching other texts, stories and cultures. How do I – as a young, female student brought up in a caucasian, nuclear family, in the year 2018, understand cultures different from my own?

Autoethnography realises that different kinds of people have different assumptions  and…

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