Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life, Second Edition, examines the development of the field of critical autoethnography through the lens of social identity. Contributors situate interpersonal and intercultural experiences of gender, race, ethnicity, ability, citizenship, sexuality, and spirituality within larger systems of power, oppression, and privilege.
Approachable and accessible narratives highlight intersectional experiences of marginalization and interrogate social injustices. The book is divided into three sections: Complexities of Identity Performance, Relationships in Diverse Contexts, and Pathways to Culturally Authentic Selves. Each thematic section includes provocative stories that critically engage personal and cultural narratives through a lens of difference. The chapters in the book highlight both unique and ubiquitous, extraordinary and common experiences in the interior lives of people who are Othered because of at least two overlapping identities. The contributors offer first person accounts to suggest critical responses and alternatives to injustice.
The book also includes sectional summaries and discussion questions to facilitate dialogue and self-reflection. It is an excellent resource for undergraduate students, graduate students, educators, and scholars who are interested in autoethnography, interpersonal and intercultural communication, qualitative studies, personal narrative, cultural studies, and performance studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Critical Autoethnography as Method of Choice/Choosing Critical Autoethnography, Robin M. Boylorn and Mark P. Orbe Part I: Complexities of Identity Performance. Chapter One, Wounded: Diagnosis (for a) Black Woman, Aisha Durham Chapter Two, Critical Autoethnography as Intersectional Praxis: A Performative Pedagogical Interplay on Bleeding Borders of Identity, Bryant Keith Alexander Chapter Three, Performing Fortune Cookie: An Autoethnographic Performance on Diasporic Hybridity, Richie Neil Hao Chapter Four, Negotiating More, (Mis)labeling the Body: A Tale of Intersectionality, Amber L. Johnson Chapter Five, My Butch Body: An Autoethnography of Gender and (Dis)ease, Kristin Comeforo Storied Summary. Part II: Relationships in Diverse Contexts. Chapter Six, Post-Coming Out Complications: Familial Experiences After the Disclosure of Queerness, Tony E. Adams Chapter Seven, Connecting with Water Spirits: An Autoethnography of Home and Higher Education, Kakali Bhattacharya Chapter Eight, Negating the Inevitable: An Autoethnographic Analysis of First-Generation College Student Status, Tabatha L. Roberts Chapter Nine, Deep South Mennonite, Transgender Amish: A Critical Autoethnography of White Cisheteronormativity, Lars Stoltzfus-Brown Chapter Ten, The Transitory Radical: Making Place with Cancer and Crafting Liveable Truths, Jeanine M. Mingé and John Burton Sterner Storied Summary. Part III: Pathways to Culturally Authentic Selves. Chapter Eleven, I-395, Ana-Luisa Ortiz-Martinez Chapter Twelve, Tikkun Olam From a Queer Jewess Perspective, Rachel E. Silverman Chapter Thirteen, A Story and A Stereotype: An Angry and Strong Autoethnography, Robin M. Boylorn Chapter Fourteen, Socioeconomic (Im)Mobility: Resisting Classifications within a "Post-Projects" Identity, Mark P. Orbe Chapter Fifteen, Tongue Does Matter: Examining the Impact of English Neo-Imperialism Through Exophonic Autoethnography, Sachiko Tankei-Aminian Storied Summary.
Robin M. Boylorn is Associate Professor of Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication at the University of Alabama. Her research centers identity and autoethnography, focusing primarily on the lived experience(s) of Black women in the U.S. South. She is the author of Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience and co-writer of The Crunk Feminist Collection. Her second monograph, Blackgirl Blue(s), is forthcoming with Routledge.
Mark P. Orbe is Professor of Communication and Diversity at Western Michigan University where he also serves as a Faculty Fellow in the Office of Institutional Equity. His scholarly interests focus on the inextricable relationship between culture, power, and communication.