Autoethnography and I

[This is not a formal presentation of research…yet.]

Denzin, N. (2014) Interpretive Autoethnography. Qualitative Research Methods, Vol. 17. p. 19

Autoethnography is a methodology utilized in social sciences and expressive arts, a mode of inquiry that allows for investigation into the subjective human experience of individual lives in the context of larger cultures, defining ideas, and the complex socioeconomic realities that shape who we are and what we experience within our stories. (Ellis, 2004; Denzin, 2014)

As it has evolved for the purpose of creating a framework within which the researcher is invited to explore the nuanced space between the personal, the political and the social, autoethnography does not silence the researcher’s voice and perspectives.

The researcher’s voice is core to the research, a subject unto itself.

The hidden blog space on this site is being used to archive notes and reports on my process of autoethnographic inquiry and experiential data collection. This project exists for the purpose of constructing a project that will both satisfy the requirements of my degree program and offer me the opportunity to develop skill in practices of autoethnographic inquiry, as well as the opportunity to challenge myself in storytelling.

To give voice to one’s own understanding of experience while critically analyzing factors, forces, and constructions that impact one’s identity and life capabilities is unavoidably an act of resistance and reclamation.

Scroll down for links to initial posts regarding this incipient project.

[Content is subject to change.]



02/2015: Here, in this specific digital location, I will add a project overview and list of references and relevant links, as such content is created and compiled. Here is an outline of an expanded consideration of autoethnographic praxis in relation to this project.

In the meantime, the Wikipedia entry on Autoethnography is a well-referenced and informative resource on autoethnographic methodology:


Ellis, Carolyn. (2004) The ethnographic I: A methodological novel about autoethnography. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

Denzin, Norman K. (2014) Interpretive Autoethnography. Qualitative Research Methods, Vol.17. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.



Brief Autoethnography 1: A Subject Unto Itself [Initial reflections.]

Autoethnography 2: The Validity of Voice

Autoethnography 3: Messy Texts

Autoethnography 4:[Poem]

Autoethnography 5: Outline at Outset

Autethnography 6: The Importance of Analysis [correspondence and recollection]

Autoethnography 7: Picture Completion: An Experimental Autoethnography on Neurodiversity, Psychosis, and Anomalous Experience