2nd Edition

Handbook of Autoethnography

Edited By Tony E. Adams, Stacy Holman Jones, Carolyn Ellis Copyright 2022
    564 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    564 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge


    2023 H.L. “Bud” Goodall, Jr. and Nick Trujillo “It’s a Way of Life” Award in Narrative Ethnography from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.

    “Meditations on the Story I Cannot Write: Reflexivity, Autoethnography, and the Possibilities of Maybe,” received the 2023 National Communication Association's Ethnography Division Best Book Chapter Award.

    The second edition of the award-winning Handbook of Autoethnography is a thematically organized volume that contextualizes contemporary practices of autoethnography and examines how the field has developed since the publication of the first edition in 2013. Throughout, contributors identify key autoethnographic themes and commitments and offer examples of diverse, thoughtful, effective, applied, and innovative autoethnography.

    The second edition is organized into five sections:

    • In Section 1, Doing Autoethnography, contributors explore definitions of autoethnography, identify and demonstrate key features of autoethnography, and engage philosophical, relational, cultural, and ethical foundations of autoethnographic practice.

    • In Section 2, Representing Autoethnography, contributors discuss forms and techniques for the process and craft of creating autoethnographic projects, using various media in/as autoethnography, and marking and making visible particular identities, knowledges, and voices.

    • In Section 3, Teaching, Evaluating, and Publishing Autoethnography, contributors focus on supporting and supervising autoethnographic projects. They also offer perspectives on publishing and evaluating autoethnography.

    • In Section 4, Challenges and Futures of Autoethnography, contributors consider contemporary challenges for autoethnography, including understanding autoethnography as a feminist, posthumanist, and decolonialist practice, as well as a method for studying texts, translations, and traumas.

    • The volume concludes with Section 5, Autoethnographic Exemplars, a collection of sixteen classic and contemporary texts that can serve as models of autoethnographic scholarship.

    With contributions from more than 50 authors representing more than a dozen disciplines and writing from various locations around the world, the handbook develops, refines, and expands autoethnographic inquiry and qualitative research. This text will be a primary resource for novice and advanced researchers alike in a wide range of social science disciplines.


    Autoethnography in the Time of Uncertainty: Finding Hope and Purpose

    Carolyn Ellis


    Making Sense and Taking Action: Creating a Caring Community of Autoethnographers

    Tony E. Adams, Stacy Holman Jones, and Carolyn Ellis


    Section Introduction

    Doing Autoethnography

    Pat Sikes

    1. Mediations on the Story I Cannot Write: Reflexivity, Autoethnography, and the Possibilities of Maybe

    Keith Berry

    2. Sketching Subjectivities

    Susanne Gannon

    3. Individual and Collaborative Autoethnography for Social Science Research

    Heewon Chang

    4. Autoethnography as Acts of Love

    Andrew F. Herrmann

    5. Frank and the Gift, or the Untold Told: Provocations for Autoethnography and Therapy

    Jonathan Wyatt

    6. Border Smugglers: Betweener Bodies Making Knowledge and Expanding the Circle of Us

    Claudio Moreira and Marcelo Diversi

    7. Self and Others: Ethics in Autoethnographic Research

    Jillian A. Tullis


    Section Introduction

    Nepantleric Traveling: Writing and Reading Autoethnographies as a Mode of Inquiry

    Kakali Bhattacharya

    8. Writing Autoethnography: The Personal, Poetic, and Performative as Compositional Strategies

    Ronald J. Pelias

    9. Artistic Autoethnography: Exploring the Interface Between Autoethnography and Artistic Research

    Brydie-Leigh Bartleet

    10. How Intersectional Autoethnography Saved my Life: A Plea for Intersectional Inquiry

    Amber Johnson

    11. Collaborative Autoethnography: From Rhythm and Harmony to Shared Stories and Truths

    David Carless and Kitrina Douglas

    12. The Matter of Performative Autoethnography

    Tami Spry

    13. Exo-autoethnography as Method for Research on Intergenerational Trauma Transmission

    Anna Denejkina

    14. Doing Digital and Visual Autoethnography

    Kate Coleman


    Section Introduction

    Purposes, Perspectives, and Possibilities: Enlivening Debates about Autoethnography

    Laura L. Ellingson

    15. Autoethnography as/in Higher Education

    Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan, Daisy Pillay, and Inbanathan Naicker

    16. Embracing Autoethnographic Anxiety: The Joyous Potential of Teaching and Advising Relationships

    Sandra L. Pensoneau-Conway and Darren J. Valenta

    17. Thinking Through Rejection: Reflections on Writing and Publishing Autoethnography

    James Salvo

    18. Publishing Autoethnography: A Thrice-Told Tale

    Alec Grant, Nigel Patrick Short, and Lydia Turner

    19. When Judgment Calls: Making Sense of Criteria for Evaluating Different Forms of Autoethnography

    Andrew C. Sparkes

    20. Failing Autoethnography

    Sophie Tamas


    Section Introduction

    Challenges and Futures of Autoethnography

    Norman K. Denzin

    21. Translation and Tango: Decolonizing Autoethnography

    Ahmet Atay

    22. Naming and Reclaiming Decolonial, Feminist, Performative, and Other Approaches to Critical Autoethnography

    Caleb Green and Bernadette Calafell

    23. Autoethnography Crosses Cultural Borders

    Gresilda A. Tilley-Lubbs

    24. Textual Experience: A Relational Reading of Culture

    Aisha Durham

    25. Writing Feminist Autoethnography: A Memo/ry to the Personal-is-Political

    Elizabeth Mackinlay

    26. Girl, Disrupted: Trauma, Narrative Disruptions, and Autoethnography

    Donna F. Henson

    27. Posthumanist Autoethnography

    Travis Brisini and Jake Simmons


    Section Introduction

    Poking Around the Neighborhood: Autoethnography and the Search for…

    Christopher N. Poulos

    28. "Sit with Your Legs Closed!" And Other Sayin’s from My Childhood

    Robin M. Boylorn

    29, Risk and Reward in Autoethnography: Revisiting "Chronicling an Academic Depression"

    Barbara J. Jago

    30. On Evocative Autoethnography: Talking Over Bird on the Wire

    Csaba Osvath and Arthur P. Bochner

    31. Remixing/Reliving/Revisioning "My Mother is Mentally Retarded"

    Carol Rambo

    32. I AM (Still) an Angry Black Woman: Black Feminist Autoethnography, Voice, and Resistance

    Rachel Alicia Griffin

    33. Staying I(ra)n: Negotiating Queer Identity through Narrative Trespass from within the Iranian American Closet

    Shadee Abdi

    34. Revisiting "Body and Bulimia Revisited"

    Lisa M. Tillmann

    35. That Baby will Cost You (REDUX): A Story of an Intended Ambivalent Pregnancy (and Motherhood)

    Sandra L. Faulkner

    36. Revisiting "Bobcat" on the Eve of My 25-Year High School Reunion

    Ragan Fox

    37. A Year of Encounters with Privilege

    Esther Fitzpatrick

    38. The American Dental Dream: Sinking My Teeth Back In

    Nathan Hodges

    39. Wayfinding the "Tapu" in Critical Autoethnography

    Fetuai Iosefo, Dave Fa’avae, and Haami Hawkins

    40. Researching the Taboo: Reflections on an Ethno-autography

    Fiona Murray

    41. Using "Auto-Ethnography" to Write about Racism

    Yassir Morsi

    42. Walk, Walking, Talking Home

    Devika Chawla

    43. An Autoethnography of What Happens

    Kathleen Stewart


    Tony E. Adams is a Professor and Chair of Communication at Bradley University, USA.

    Stacy Holman Jones is Professor in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance at Monash University, Australia.

    Carolyn Ellis is Distinguished University Professor Emerita at the University of South Florida, USA.