1st Edition

Autoethnography and the Other Unsettling Power through Utopian Performatives

By Tami Spry Copyright 2016
    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    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


    Spry, Tami