Research and Realisations

LAZY SUSAN

Auto-ethnography,
as described by Anderson (2006), is a highly valuable mode of qualitative
research by which authors draw upon personal experience in order to comprehend
a greater cultural involvement. He defines the term “analytic auto-ethnography”
as referring to “ethnographic work
in which the researcher is (1) a full member in the research group or setting,
(2) visible as such a member in the researcher’s published texts, and (3)
committed to an analytic research agenda focused on improving theoretical
understandings of broader social phenomena” (Anderson, 2006).

Diversity is certainly characteristic of the world in which we live, and brings with it great importance and relevance to scholarly research. The broad range of experiences, backgrounds and proficiencies which different people possess is fundamental in constituting a diverse knowledge base and source of information upon which we form opinions about the world’s function. As Ellis et al elaborate, “different kinds of people possess…

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2 comments

  1. Hey there! I think you did a brilliant job of explaining the concept of autoethnography in your blog post and I really liked that you brought in your personal experiences of conducting autoethnographic research in the past. However, your blog post is missing an account of your experience watching the film ‘Akira’ in week 3. Think about how watching Akira made you feel and what thoughts were running through your head (this is where you draw from your live tweets). Then write down your reflection of how your personal experiences impacted your viewing experience of Akira. Overall, I think your blog post is well-written and referenced perfectly.

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  2. I think you write well in regards to your understanding of of autoethnography. Like the previous comment before mine, I think what’s really missing is showing your understanding of autoethnography in context with the texts we’re observing in class. Instead of writing about autoethnography, I encourage you to participate in autoethnography. The live-tweeting is a great place to pull ideas and conversations from, to form a frame of understanding that’s not only personal, but thoroughly researched. Don’t forget, whilst autoethnography looks at oneself (auto), when properly executed it is still a rigid, and thoroughly researched model of writing. It is not simply enough to provide anecdotal evidence as proof to an argument.

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