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Autoethnography and the Other

Unsettling Power through Utopian Performatives, 1st Edition

By Tami Spry


210 pages

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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.

Table of Contents


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



About the Series

Qualitative Inquiry and Social Justice

Books in this series address the role of critical qualitative research in an era that cries out for emancipatory visions that move people to struggle and resist oppression. Rooted in an ethical framework that is based on human rights and social justice, the series publishes exemplary studies that advance this transformative paradigm.

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