I was excited to read this weeks article for our first blog post because in one of my classes this semester I will be conducting an autoethnography project and I am eager to learn more about the topic! In the short article Autoethnography: An Overview authors Carolyn Ellis, Tony E. Adams & Arthur P. Bochner present a definition of Autoethnography. In the very beginning of the text, the authors present a definition of the term autoethnography and what it actually means. The term autoethnography is a study of both personal and cultural experience. (auto- for personal and ethno- for cultural experience). Additionally, throughout the text, the authors describe how to do this type of research and the process it takes to understand autoethnography overall.
Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.
Before reading this article I had a clue of what the study of autoethnography entails, however, after reading this article I now have a better idea of how to conduct this type of research and the different approaches to take. What I most enjoyed about the article was the way the author sectioned the topics in order to provide an intelligible way of understanding the topic. Furthermore, in the article, the authors describe how in order to do this type of research one must aim to consciously understand the political and social behaviors of an individual. These two aspects form and shape identity and create a cultural experience. I believe the article does a great analysis describing the relational ethics and personal narrative construction of individual identity. This understanding is crucial for conducting autoethnography research. Having that in mind I can expect to complete adequate autoethnography research.
The authors state that the process of autoethnography research is a method. In order to properly access the result of this type of research authors, scholars and researchers must have the right tools and techniques to conduct this study. they may interview, use photographs, journals, and recordings to help with this resrach. I agree that all these tools are sufficient mechanics to do research. furthermore. the authors describe that the process of documenting autoethnography research is a form of storytelling and it should not be biased. I believe the authors state this because this type of research has to be truthful and reflect the experience of the individual without fiction or lies. The story should be realible credible and most importanly valid. Without the bias opinion of researchers, this study will have an honest result and reflect both the persoal and culrual life of the subject.
Overall I thought the article was a great read and a short introduction for beginners to do this type of study.
Ellis, C., Adams, T. E., & Bochner, A. P. (2011, January). Autoethnography: An Overview. Retrieved from http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1589/3095