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Critical Autoethnography

Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life, 1st Edition

Edited by Robin M Boylorn, Mark P Orbe


251 pages

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This volume uses autoethnography—cultural analysis through personal narrative—to explore the tangled relationships between culture and communication. Using an intersectional approach to the many aspects of identity at play in everyday life, a diverse group of authors reveals the complex nature of lived experiences. They situate interpersonal experiences of gender, race, ethnicity, ability, and orientation within larger systems of power, oppression, and social privilege. An excellent resource for undergraduates, graduate students, educators, and scholars in the fields of intercultural and interpersonal communication, and qualitative methodology.


"In this groundbreaking volume, Robin and Mark bring together autoethnographic and critical standpoints to examine everyday interpersonal and cultural experiences of identity from the inside out. The authors gently, lovingly, vulnerably, and incisively extend the work of autoethnography and invite us--all of us--to appreciate the ways in which an intersectional approach reveals the relationships among culture, communication, identity, emotions, and everyday lived experience."

--From the Foreword by Carolyn Ellis and Arthur Bochner

Table of Contents

Foreword: Merging Culture and Personal Experience in Critical Autoethnography, Carolyn Ellis and Arthur BochnerIntroduction: Cultural Autoethnography as Method of Choice, Robin M. Boylorn & Mark P. OrbeSection I: Complicating Mundane Everyday Life EncountersIntroductionChapter 1: The Transitory Radical: Making Place with Cancer, Jeanine M. Minge and John Burton Sterner Chapter 2: Negating the Inevitable: Empowerment Through Autoethnography and Retrospective Sensemaking, Tabatha L. RobertsChapter 3: Post-Coming Out Complications, Tony E. AdamsSection II: Embracing Ambiguous and Non-Binary IdentitiesIntroductionChapter 4: Negotiating More, (Mis)labeling the Body: A Tale of Intersectionality, Amber L. JohnsonChapter 5: Performing Fortune Cookie: An Autoethnographic Performance on Diasporic Hybridity, Richie Neil HaoChapter 6: Critical Autoethnography as Intersectional Praxis: A Performative Pedagogical Interplay onBleeding Borders of Identity, Bryant Keith AlexanderSection III: Negotiating Socially Stigmatized IdentitiesIntroductionChapter 7: A Story & A Stereotype: A Race(d), Class(ed) & Gender(ed) Auto/ethnography, Robin M. BoylornChapter 8: Caught in Code: Arab American Identity, Image, and Lived Reality, Desiree YomtoobChapter 9: Lather, Rinse, Reclaim: Cultural (Re)Conditioning of the Gay (Bear) Body, Patrick SantoroChapter 10: The (Dis)ability Double Life: Exploring the Terrible Dichotomy of (Il)Legitimacy in HigherEducation, Dana Morella-PozziSection IV: Creating Pathways to Authentic SelvesIntroductionChapter 11: Socio-economic Im(Mobility): Resisting Classifications Within a 'Post-Projects' Identity, Mark P. OrbeChapter 12: Mindful Heresy, Holo-expression, and Poesis: An Autoethnographic Response to the Orthodoxies of Interpersonal & Cultural Life, Sarah Amira de la GarzaChapter 13: Favor: An Autoethnography of Survival, Rex L. CrawleyConclusion: Critical Autoethnography: Implications & Future Directions, Mark P. Orbe & Robin M. BoylornAbout the Editors and ContributorsIndex

About the Series

Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives

Writing Lives: Ethnographic and Autoethnographic Narratives publishes autoethnographic and narrative research projects across the disciplines of the human sciences—anthropology, communication, education, psychology, sociology, etc. The series editors seek manuscripts that blur the boundaries between humanities and social sciences. We encourage novel and evocative forms of expressing concrete lived experience, including literary, poetic, artistic, critical, visual, performative, multi-voiced, and co-constructed representations. We are interested in ethnographic and autoethnographic narratives that depict local stories; employ literary modes of scene setting, dialogue, character development, and unfolding action; and include the author's critical reflections on the research and writing process, such as research ethics, alternative modes of inquiry and representation, reflexivity, and evocative storytelling.
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PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology