1st Edition

Reading Autoethnography Reflections on Justice and Love

By James M. Salvo Copyright 2020
    154 Pages
    by Routledge

    154 Pages
    by Routledge

    Reading Autoethnography situates autoethnographic insights within the context of two fundamental concerns of critical qualitative inquiry: justice and love.

    Through philosophical engagement, it gives close readings of written passages taken from leading autoethnographers and frames the philosophical project of autoethnography as one that is both political and interpersonal. It does this to highlight how autoethnographic lessons can allow us to think through how we may achieve a flourishing for all — something that is both related to justice as it pertains to the political, and when situations are in excess of justice, related to love as it pertains to feeling at home in the world with others.

    As such, this book will be of interest to those who have a burgeoning interest in autoethnography and seasoned autoethnographers alike; anyone interested in critical qualitative inquiry as a discourse promoting justice and love; and any scholar who has encountered the ethical question of: "What ought we do?"

    Prefacing Through Acknowledgements


    Chapter 1. Reading Autoethnography as a Method of Justice

    Chapter 2. Being-With, Home, Love

    Chapter 3. Thirteen Poems

    Chapter 4. The Discovery of Online Dating: A Happy Accident for Two Qualitative Researchers

    Works Cited


    James M. Salvo is a Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Wayne State University.

    'Reading this book is an empowering process that has further encouraged me to pen personal stories, even in the “publish-or-perish” ethos of academia. This book will be of particular interest to those who have (a) story(ies) to share, but who are not quite sure how to present them in a scholarly manner. In reading this book, I also “feel connected to autoethnographers” (p. vii), who paved the way for me to create the possibilities of writing my own becoming.' - Dave Yan, Educational Review