Recently I’ve been looking at autoethnography and what it means as an alternate style of academic research. What I have found through Ellis, Adams and Bochner is is that autoethnography is a process where a researcher uses personal experience (this part is the ‘auto’) to rationalise and have an epiphany about a cultural experience (this makes up the ‘ethno’ part). All in all, what this means is that as a researcher you can have an in depth relationship with a culture and use your personal experience to validate and evaluate what you have learnt, rather than using the traditional way of being a silent observer of a culture and writing objectively about the experience.
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This seems like a much better way of conducting research, as there is so much more to be learnt from being part of an experience and gaining knowledge first hand than there…
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