Autoethnography…all the kids are doing it.

“Autoethnography is grounded in postmodern philosophy and is linked to growing debate about reflexivity and voice in social research.” As someone who struggles with research, this idea presented early on in the article really helps me get comfortable with the idea of research.  Postmodern philosophy is such a broad term.  The concept makes one ponder if we are talking about the potential philosophical ideas that could arise in the future.  The postmodern society has changed and is constantly attempting to define itself.  To this end I am excited about the study of Autoethnography and its application to the research process.

            I have always been a man of philosophical ideas.  The majority of any research I have conducted has been used to support ideas delivered under the umbrella of science fiction.  “The researcher ostensibly puts bias and subjectivity aside in the scientific research process by denying his or her identity.”  I annotated about this line in Hypothesis. My question revolves around how primitives races of man react to when their homeland is taken over by a most technologically advanced race.  From that idea alone one might think I was studying sociology.  I think it would the furthest thing from anyone’s mind that I was researching this topic because I’m writing a series of science fiction stories that involve man taking over a distant primitive planet.  I enjoy the idea that Autoethnography will allow me to explore a more philosophical approach to my intended study.  

“There is only one way to ‘do science,’ and any intellectual inquiry must conform to established research method.”  While the piece does go on to defend this practice while engaging in Autoethnographical research, I do not think it holds weight against the previous quotes mentioned here.  I don’t think anything can be based on both philosophy and conformity. “The questioning of the dominant scientific paradigm, the making of room for other ways of knowing, and the growing emphasis on the power of research to change the world create a space for the sharing of unique, subjective, and evocative stories of experience that contribute to our understanding of the social world and allow us to reflect on what could be different,” does not lend itself in any way to conformity.  If anything, this line invites such an open world of thinking to be shared by all.  This is the type of research I would like to conduct.