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Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors PART I * HISTORIES AND APPLICATIONS OF AUTOETHNOGRAPHY AS CRITICAL SOCIAL RESEARCH Chapter 1. Autoethnography: Introduction and Overview Focus Your Reading Histories of Autoethnography Defined Functions of Autoethnography Applied as Critical Social Research Concluding Thoughts Group Activity Individual Activity Sites for Students to Consider Chapter 2. Mining and Priming Critical Social Theory for Autoethnography Focus Your Reading What Is Theory? What Is Social Theory? What Is Critical Social Theory? Emergent Critical Social Theorizing in Autoethnography Guidelines for Infusing Theory into Autoethnography Concluding Thoughts Individual Activity Individual and Two-Person Group Activity Sites for Students to Consider PART II * DOING AUTOETHNOGRAPHY: FROM BRAINSTORMING TO GUIDING PROCESS Chapter 3. First Guiding Process: Problematizing What You Know for New-Self Insight Focus Your Reading Theoretical Foundation Designing Autoethnography: Problematizing Data Collection and Analysis Strategies Deciding to Do Autoethnography: Problematizing a Linear Approach to Self-Exploration Directing Autoethnography: Problematizing Uniformed Applications Problematizing Ethics and Institutional Review Board Approval Concluding Thoughts Individual Activity Individual and Group Activity Sites for Students to Consider Chapter 4. Second Guiding Process: Legitimizing Autoethnography With Three Approaches Focus Your Reading Theoretical Foundations of Legitimizing Reflexivity Three Approaches to Legitimizing Autoethnography Concluding Thoughts Group Activity Individual Activity Sites for Students to Consider Chapter 5. Third Guiding Process: Synthesizing New-Self Insights With MICA Focus Your Reading What Is Qualitative Meta-Synthesis? What Is Meta-Autoethnography? Introducing MICA Sample Application of the MICA Method Synthesis as Translation: A Reciprocal Analogy Concluding Thoughts Group Activity Individual Activity Sites for Students to Consider PART III * THE FUTURE OF AUTOETHNOGRAPHY: A PRISM OF POSSIBILITY Chapter 6. The Possibility of Autoethnography as Critically Reflexive Action Research Focus Your Reading The Origins and Elements of CRAR Selection Process for Autoethnography Literature to Consider as CRAR Finding Autoethnographies Demonstrating CRAR Applying the CRAR Checklist/Rubric to Laubscher and Powell Applying the CRAR Checklist/Rubric to Hughes Concluding Thoughts: Toward Communicative Competence and Communicative Praxis Concluding Thoughts Group Activity Individual Activity Sites for Students to Consider Chapter 7. Anticipating the Future of Autoethnography as Critical Social Research Focus Your Reading Growth and Creativity, Yet Sustained Skepticism and Criticism Taking Healthy Risks: Growth in Autoethnographic Dissertations Addressing Gaps in Autoethnography for the Future of the Genre Publishing Autoethnography: Journals and Academic Publishers Toward an Evolving Online Reading List for Autoethnography Appendixes A. Autoethnography Data Representation: An Example B. Sample Undergraduate Mini-Autoethnography Student Work C. Sample Mini-Autoethnography Midterm Assignment- Undergraduate Level D. Sample Syllabus for an Autoethnography Course-Graduate Level Glossary References Index


"A very thorough and thoughtful introduction to and explanation of autoethnography. This text explores the historical foundations, theoretical frameworks, and future directions of autoethnography as both process and product. The book is an important and useful book to add to the qualitative researcher's library and a great overview for those new to autoethnography." -- Xyanthe Neider
"This book seeks to accomplish a great service for those of us interested and working with qualitative research. The quest for a solid text on autoethnography that balances epistemological and methodological concerns is lacking, and this text addresses those gaps." -- Kenneth Fasching-Varner
"This text proposes activities that aim to teach self-reflexivity and explicate how to engage in autoethnographic inquiry. Such a hands-on, applied approach is key for learning this mode of inquiry." -- Amy Heuman
"Impressive in its scope, the text is intuitively sequenced, incorporates a tremendous amount of relevant information, as well as examples that leave the reader craving more." -- Lois McFadyen Christensen
"The material in this book is well researched and offers a wide array of specific theories and methods with which to ground your work. It will be an excellent read for experienced researchers who would like to strengthen their background in autoethnography." -- Jeanne L Surface
"This exhaustively-researched text is the most comprehensive work on the subject that I have encountered." -- Peter H. Khost
"This book provides not only a particularly clear overview and historical framing of the methodology; it invites readers into a meaningful and critical enactment and experience with autoethnography." -- Angela C. Coffee
"The diversity of autoethnography practices illustrated here is amazing.... This book has the potential to open up the concept of autoethnography in many creative and inspiring ways." -- Mirka Koro-Ljungberg
"The authors have taken to task quite a challenge. To strategically discuss a methodology of such takes insight, preciseness, and wonder. All three things the authors seem to have in spades. We as practitioners, visionaries, scholars, and researchers have access to a text that wonderfully examines the complexities and nuances of auto-ethnography in a way that can be useful in and outside the classroom." -- Joquina Reed
"I am much more informed about autoethnography because of this text; while there was much I knew, I learned so many things reading through this book." -- Nicholas E. Husbye

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