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Process, Product, and Possibility for Critical Social Research

January 2017 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
2020 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award winner

Autoethnography: Process, Product, and Possibility for Critical Social Research
provides a short introduction to the methodological tools and concepts of autoethnography, combining theoretical approaches with practical “how to” information. Written for social science students, teachers, teacher educators, and educational researchers, the text shows readers how autoethnographers collect, analyze, and report data. With its grounding in critical social theory and inclusion of innovative methods, this practical resource will move the field of autoethnography forward.
About the Authors
Chapter 1. Autoethnography: Introduction and Overview
Focus Your Reading

Histories of Autoethnography

Defined Functions of Autoethnography Applied as Critical Social Research

Concluding Thoughts

Group Activity

Individual Activity

Sites for Students to Consider

Chapter 2. Mining and Priming Critical Social Theory for Autoethnography
Focus Your Reading

What Is Theory?

What Is Social Theory?

What Is Critical Social Theory?

Emergent Critical Social Theorizing in Autoethnography

Guidelines for Infusing Theory into Autoethnography

Concluding Thoughts

Individual Activity

Individual and Two-Person Group Activity

Sites for Students to Consider

Chapter 3. First Guiding Process: Problematizing What You Know for New-Self Insight
Focus Your Reading

Theoretical Foundation

Designing Autoethnography: Problematizing Data Collection and Analysis Strategies

Deciding to Do Autoethnography: Problematizing a Linear Approach to Self-Exploration

Directing Autoethnography: Problematizing Uniformed Applications

Problematizing Ethics and Institutional Review Board Approval

Concluding Thoughts

Individual Activity

Individual and Group Activity

Sites for Students to Consider

Chapter 4. Second Guiding Process: Legitimizing Autoethnography With Three Approaches
Focus Your Reading

Theoretical Foundations of Legitimizing


Three Approaches to Legitimizing Autoethnography

Concluding Thoughts

Group Activity

Individual Activity

Sites for Students to Consider

Chapter 5. Third Guiding Process: Synthesizing New-Self Insights With MICA
Focus Your Reading

What Is Qualitative Meta-Synthesis?

What Is Meta-Autoethnography?

Introducing MICA

Sample Application of the MICA Method

Synthesis as Translation: A Reciprocal Analogy

Concluding Thoughts

Group Activity

Individual Activity

Sites for Students to Consider

Chapter 6. The Possibility of Autoethnography as Critically Reflexive Action Research
Focus Your Reading

The Origins and Elements of CRAR

Selection Process for Autoethnography Literature to Consider as CRAR

Finding Autoethnographies Demonstrating CRAR

Applying the CRAR Checklist/Rubric to Laubscher and Powell

Applying the CRAR Checklist/Rubric to Hughes

Concluding Thoughts: Toward Communicative Competence and Communicative Praxis

Concluding Thoughts

Group Activity

Individual Activity

Sites for Students to Consider

Chapter 7. Anticipating the Future of Autoethnography as Critical Social Research
Focus Your Reading

Growth and Creativity, Yet Sustained Skepticism and Criticism

Taking Healthy Risks: Growth in Autoethnographic Dissertations

Addressing Gaps in Autoethnography for the Future of the Genre

Publishing Autoethnography: Journals and Academic Publishers

Toward an Evolving Online Reading List for Autoethnography

A. Autoethnography Data Representation: An Example
B. Sample Undergraduate Mini-Autoethnography Student Work
C. Sample Mini-Autoethnography Midterm Assignment— Undergraduate Level
D. Sample Syllabus for an Autoethnography Course—Graduate Level

This book is an appealing tool for both students to learn, and professors to introduce the method of (autoethnography).... This book is not for the faint of heart but offers a sound and evidence-based methodology for the science of exploring one's lived experience in academia, practice, and personal life.

Health Environments Research & Design Journal

Numerous students look into autoethnography as a research methodology especially because it is well tuned to counselling psychology philosophy. This is an excellent book, with clear theory and also practical advice and a step-by-step process.

Dr Angela Loulopoulou
Department of Psychology, London Metropolitan University
November 28, 2022

I found this book informative and easy to read and understand

Ms Joanne Thomas
Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University
May 22, 2019

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