My DA…. sort of

Lily Carr

Coming into this subject I honestly had no idea what to expect. The subject outline was so far from my comfort zone that it intrigued me. So I basically threw myself into the deep end delving deep into the perplexing notions of individual autoethnographic research.

“Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.” (Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. (2011) ‘Autoethnography: An Overview’, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12:1.) . If you have read my first blog post on Gojira (insert link here) you will be familiar with my segregated upbringing and lack of exposure to diverse cultures. This made me extremely nervous to subject myself to a class so rich in content I was unfamiliar with. But there’s a first for everything, right? My first black and white film (Gojira), my first film in…

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  1. Hey Lily!

    I can relate to you choice of subject to get out of your comfort zone, I definitely made the same decision. I also appreciate that you understand that ethnographic research can be perplexing, and really challenge you in the way that you gather data, in the same way that Bochner and Elis (2006) suggest it can be “unruly, dangerous, vulnerable, rebellious, and creative.” I do suggest that you focus on this methodology to “make sense of non-familiar cultures” to become literate in the area, rather than just understand the difference between your own culture and another.

    I love that you have been reflexive in your ethnography already, recognising your mistake in a part of the culture already when it came to the Mi Goreng! I also noted that your account can be potentially layered in nature, reflecting on your current understanding of Indonesian culture through vignettes, reflexivity, and introspection (Ellis et al, 2011). Do you have any more personal stories that may have shaped your current understanding of the culture? I look forward to reading about the rest of your experience, Lily.


    Bochner A. P., Ellis C.,(2006). Analyzing analytic autoethnography: An autopsy. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, pp. 433.

    Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. (2011) ‘Autoethnography: An Overview’, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 14.1.18. Available at:


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