My Autoethnographic Process of Exploring Lolita Fashion

The Critical Millennial

In this blogpost I will be reflecting on my narrated experience of Lolita fashion which I talked about in my previous blogpost.

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Autoethnography “acknowledges and accommodates subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher’s influence on research, rather than hiding from these matters or assuming they don’t exist” (Ellis, Adams & Bochner 2011).

Thus I will be dissecting my epiphanies and presenting my understanding of Lolita fashion through my own cultural framework. Like Pitard (2017), I will be using  “autoethnography as a method of journeying to the centre of myself” to unpack my own reservations when trying to understand Lolita fashion as a sub-culture.

Pitard (2017) outlined four key questions to ask oneself as a researcher to explain their positionality, or to answer the question “Who am I in relation to the research?”.

The questions are as follows:

  1. “What do I believe underpins my knowledge of life?
  2. Where did I gain this belief?

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