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Creating Autoethnographies

Creating Autoethnographies

  • Tessa Muncey - University of Leeds, UK, Homerton School of Health Studies

April 2010 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Creating Autoethnographies is an introduction to autoethnography, a form of autobiographical personal narrative that explores the writer's experience of life. The first ever practical text on this increasingly popular research method, it provides a background and considers some of the criticisms of the approach. It is suitable for all social science students, both graduate and upper level undergraduate.

The book is structured to mirror the process of writing about experience, from establishing an idea through to the process of writing and the development of creative writing skills, and provides detailed worked examples of the whole process. The final two chapters are devoted to exploring two cases in which readers can see the principles discussed in action. There are also a wide range of case studies drawn from a wide a range of social science disciplines and exercises throughout the text

In the book, Tessa Muncey identifies a number of trends in social science research, such as the increasing focus on the individual and giving a voice to service users, that are resulting in an increase of interest in narrative research. Creating Autoethnographies is a timely contribution to the field.

Why Do Autoethnography: Discovering the Individual in Research
Personal Worlds: Discovering the Constituent Parts of the Individual
What is Autoethnography: Making Sense of Individual Experience
Planning an Autoethnographic Account
Making Sense of Autoethnographic Texts: Legitimacy, Truth and Memory
A Complete Autoethnographic Account
The Autoethnographic Process: Starting a New Story

Autoethnography, like all research genres, is a contested term with diverse connotations. Muncey offers clarity of understanding of the term, its evolution as a facet of anthropological research, and some of the key influences in postmodernist thought that have helped to widen its application in psychological and sociological disciplines.
David McCormack
British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

This is a unique text. Using autobiographies as an approach to social research is clearly presented. The book is short and therefore forms an excellent addition to the textbook for my ethnography and cultural analysis course.

Professor Paul Hackett
Marketing Communication Dept, Emerson College
August 31, 2012

using to illustrate power of personal stories

Professor Mary Watson
Business Dept, New School University
January 21, 2012

An inspirational book that highlights the topic of diversity among healthcare professionals. It is an advanced book for undergraduate courses, but can be used if the students (not English native speakers) are supervised in their reading. This book can be recommended as literature for nursing philosophy, diversity management and professional development.

Dr Philip Esterhuizen
Please select your department, Please select your institution
July 17, 2011

Don't like the style particularly

Miss Tracey WOND
Management , University of Teesside
January 18, 2011

useful information although a little too in depth for the level of learner I teach.

Mrs Karen Gray
Training Dept., Training Skills 4 U
November 18, 2010

We have students using a range of reserach methodologies and this is certainly a text that I will recommend for those wishing to use autoethnographies within their individual dissertations

Miss Emma Kavanagh
Sport, Bournemouth University
September 16, 2010

Autoethnography is not something that clinical psychologists have traditionally embraced. I have decided to adopt this book as supplementary reading to try and encourage our trainee clinical psychologists to consider another approach to undertaking research at a doctoral level. This book is a good introduction and I suspect that my students will connect with the honesty and openness with which it is written.

Dr Roshan das Nair
Psychology , Nottingham University
August 25, 2010

This book offers valuable guidance to students who may choose to consider influences on self that impact on 'therapeutic use of self' in health care or professional 'reflective practices'. This has been purchased for our library research section.

Dr John Struthers
Nursing , DHSS Education and training Centre
July 12, 2010

very usable!

Professor Dr. Christoph Jacke
Faculty for Cultural Studies, University of Paderborn
June 8, 2010

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