Autoethnobiography

B. Jones

An ethnography is the study of a culture from afar, so what exactly is an autoethnography? Well, instead of viewing a culture from a far and analyzing the research; you are placing your own personal reflections on the experience in order to understand a cultural experience.

With an ethnography, a researcher is studying a culture with the purpose of explaining it to their readers. With an autoethnography, this research can be used to describe the experience to yourself as well your audience. It becomes a first-hand account of how the cultural, political and social events affected you. Through describing the personal position you had in the cultural events you reveal your own thought process, which can enforce your overall analysis of the event. “they [researchers] must use personal experience to illustrate facets of cultural experience, and, in so doing, make characteristics of a culture familiar for insiders and outsiders” (Ellis…

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