Autoeth-what?

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Ellis et al (2001) states, “Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno)”. 

A term somewhat foreign to me, autoethnography, to my understanding, requires me to have a sound understanding of my cultural background and forces at play. In having this understanding, I am able to better unpack why I am experiencing a new culture in a certain manner.

Ellis recognises that “stories were complex, constitutive, meaningful phenomena that taught morals and ethics, introduced unique ways of thinking and feeling, and helped people make sense of themselves and others”. Therefore, mediums such as film are large conveyors of culture and understanding of culture. Film in this sense, I believe, can portray two things that at times can be simultaneous. Firstly, cultural structure and norms, the…

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