Autoethnography – My Overview

Life of Cassie

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A huge part of the digital artefact process for this semester will be ‘autoethnography’. Something that struck me personally from the Ellis article ‘Autoethnography: An Overview’ was how researchers that write ethnographies produce a thick description of the focused culture. “The purpose of this description is to help facilitate understanding of a culture for insiders and outsiders, and is created by discerning patterns of cultural experience – repeated feelings, stories, and happenings – as evidenced by field notes, interviews and/or artefacts” (Ellis, 2010).

This is a really important process in doing autoethnography, for it to be a successful project, both myself and my audience need to be able to gather a valuable understanding of the culture I am facilitating from, by being able to reflect on their own cultural experiences. I think for this to come across effectively I need to personally grasp a thick understanding of my…

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