Autoethnography, as I have previously begun to explore, is an approach to writing that analyses one’s personal experience with another culture, in an effort to treat reseach as a socially conscious act. There is an acknowledgement of the writer’s personal context, and the way it shapes the findings, interpretation and presentation of the work.
As a combination of autobiography and ethnography, there are two main schools of thought regarding the author’s methodology: evocative and analytical. Much autoethnographical writing tends to exist on a scale between the two, but there are differentiating factors that can be used to categorise research.
Evocative autoethnography refers to a more autobiagraphical approach to writing. Ellis defines the process as:
- A researcher experiences culture as a participant observer
- They collate their experience using hindsight, looking…
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