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Autoethnography
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.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
PART I • HISTORIES AND APPLICATIONS OF AUTOETHNOGRAPHY AS CRITICAL SOCIAL RESEARCH
 
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

 
 
PART II • DOING AUTOETHNOGRAPHY: FROM BRAINSTORMING TO GUIDING PROCESS
 
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

 
Reflexivity

 
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

 
 
PART III • THE FUTURE OF AUTOETHNOGRAPHY: A PRISM OF POSSIBILITY
 
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

 
 
Appendixes
 
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
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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

I found this book informative and easy to read and understand

Ms Joanne Thomas
Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University
March 14, 2019
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