Autoethnography and the Other Unsettling Power through Utopian Performatives
Challenging the critique of autoethnography as overly focused on the self, Tami Spry calls for a performative autoethnography that both unsettles the "I" and represents the Other with equal commitment. Expanding on her popular book Body, Paper, Stage, Spry uses a variety of examples, literary forms, and theoretical traditions to reframe this research method as transgressive, liberatory, and decolonizing for both self and Other. Her book
- draws on her own autoethnographic work with jazz musicians, shamans, and other groups;
- outlines a utopian performative methodology to spur hope and transformation;
- provides concrete guidance on how to implement this innovative methodological approach.
Introduction: Who Are “We” in Autoethnography?
Chapter One: The Inappropriate/d Other
Chapter Two: The Unsettled-I
Chapter Three: The Willful Embodiment of “We”: Embodying Utopian Performatives
Chapter Four: Utopian Reflexivities of Hope
Chapter Five: Performing Collaborations with Others: Group Performance of Autoethnography
Chapter Six: Willful Choices