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dc.contributor.authorEmerald, Elke
dc.contributor.authorCarpenter, Lorelei
dc.contributor.editorRachael Dwyer, Ian Davis, elke emerald
dc.description.abstractNarrative researchers have long understood the power of a story to capture a reader’s attention, link them emotionally to a topic and then use that attention and connection to communicate a theoretical or practical point. And further, the story can itself communicate the social/cultural/political. Autoethnography asserts that when we publically story our experiences, they transcend the private and the personal and assume political import. It is a particular research method that connects the personal to the political, social and cultural in captivating, stirring and most importantly, insightful ways that move us to action. Autoethnography is a comfortable companion for many forms of narrative research. This chapter briefly outlines some of the tenets of autoethnography: exploring how an autoethnographic writer can achieve that connection between the story and the wider cultural point that shifts a story from just interesting, to research. We use some examples of autoethnographies to explore the extent to which authors can or should make the social/political/cultural points explicit for the reader, and present Lorelei’s autoethnography of her ‘near-miss’ to elaborate and exemplify one way of facing the methodological and theoretical challenges of autoethnography.
dc.publisherSpringer Science
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleNarrative Research in Practice: Stories from the Field
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEducation not elsewhere classified
dc.titleAutoethnography: Is My Own Story Narrative Research?
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Chapters
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Education and Professional Studies
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorCarpenter, Lorelei
gro.griffith.authorEmerald, Elke

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