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.
Table of Contents
Autoethnography in the Time of Uncertainty: Finding Hope and Purpose
Making Sense and Taking Action: Creating a Caring Community of Autoethnographers
Tony E. Adams, Stacy Holman Jones, and Carolyn Ellis
SECTION 1: DOING AUTOETHNOGRAPHY
1. Mediations on the Story I Cannot Write: Reflexivity, Autoethnography, and the Possibilities of Maybe
2. Sketching Subjectivities
3. Individual and Collaborative Autoethnography for Social Science Research
4. Autoethnography as Acts of Love
Andrew F. Herrmann
5. Frank and the Gift, or the Untold Told: Provocations for Autoethnography and Therapy
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 2: REPRESENTING AUTOETHNOGRAPHY
Nepantleric Traveling: Writing and Reading Autoethnographies as a Mode of Inquiry
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
10. How Intersectional Autoethnography Saved my Life: A Plea for Intersectional Inquiry
11. Collaborative Autoethnography: From Rhythm and Harmony to Shared Stories and Truths
David Carless and Kitrina Douglas
12. The Matter of Performative Autoethnography
13. Exo-autoethnography as Method for Research on Intergenerational Trauma Transmission
14. Doing Digital and Visual Autoethnography
SECTION 3: TEACHING, EVALUATING, AND PUBLISHING AUTOETHNOGRAPHY
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
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
SECTION 4: CHALLENGES AND FUTURES OF AUTOETHNOGRAPHY
Challenges and Futures of Autoethnography
Norman K. Denzin
21. Translation and Tango: Decolonizing Autoethnography
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
25. Writing Feminist Autoethnography: A Memo/ry to the Personal-is-Political
26. Girl, Disrupted: Trauma, Narrative Disruptions, and Autoethnography
Donna F. Henson
27. Posthumanist Autoethnography
Travis Brisini and Jake Simmons
SECTION 5: AUTOETHNOGRAPHIC EXEMPLARS
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"
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
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
37. A Year of Encounters with Privilege
38. The American Dental Dream: Sinking My Teeth Back In
39. Wayfinding the "Tapu" in Critical Autoethnography
Fetuai Iosefo, Dave Fa’avae, and Haami Hawkins
40. Researching the Taboo: Reflections on an Ethno-autography
41. Using "Auto-Ethnography" to Write about Racism
42. Walk, Walking, Talking Home
43. An Autoethnography of What Happens
Tony E. Adams is a Professor and Chair of Communication at Bradley University, USA.
Stacy Holman Jones is Professor in the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University, Australia.
Carolyn Ellis is Distinguished University Professor Emerita at the University of South Florida, USA.