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Autoethnographic Reflections on Life and Work, 1st Edition

By Carolyn Ellis


440 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Carolyn Ellis is the leading writer in the move toward personal, autobiographical writing as a strategy for academic research. In addition to her landmark books Final Negotiations and The Ethnographic I, she has authored numerous stories that demonstrate the emotional power and academic value of autoethnography.

Now issued as a Routledge Education Classic Edition, Revision: Autoethnographic Reflections on Life and Work collects a dozen of Ellis’s stories—about the loss of her husband, brother and mother; of growing up in small town Virginia; about the work of the ethnographer; about emotionally charged life issues such as abortion, caregiving, and love. Atop these captivating stories, she adds the component of meta-autoethography—a layering of new interpretations, reflections, and vignettes to her older work.

A new preface text by the author reflects on the subsequent developments in the field since the book’s original publication and Carolyn’s extensive contribution to the scholarship. This is an important work for qualitative researchers and a student-friendly text for courses.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Classic Edition


Introduction: Reflecting on Meta-Autoethnography

Part One: Growing Up in a Rural Community, Getting an Education, and Finding My Place in Community Ethnography

Chapter 1: Goin’ to the Store, Sittin’ on the Street, and Runnin’ the Roads: Growing Up in a Rural Southern Neighborhood

Chapter 2: Talking Across Fences: Race Matters

Chapter 3: Investigating the Fisher Folk and Coping with Ethical Quagmires

Part Two: Becoming an Autoethnographer

Chapter 4: Reliving Final Negotiations

Chapter 5: Renegotiating Final Negotiations: From Introspection to Emotional Sociology

Part Three: Surviving and Communicating Family Loss

Chapter 6: Surviving the Loss of My Brother

Chapter 7: Rereading "There Are Survivors": Cultural and Evocative Responses

Chapter 8: Rewriting and Re-Membering Mother

Chapter 9: Coconstructing and Reconstructing "The Constraints of Choice in Abortion"

Part Four: Doing Autoethnography as a Social Project

Chapter 10: Breaking Our Silences/Speaking with Others

Chapter 11: Learning to Be "With" in Personal and Collective Grief

Chapter 12: Connecting Autoethnographic Performance with Community Practice

Part Five: Reconsidering Writing Practices, Relational Ethics, and Rural Communities

Chapter 13: Writing Revision and Researching Ethically

Chapter 14: Returning Home and Revisioning My Story



Name Index by Judy Perry

Subject Index by Judy Perry

About the Author

About the Author

Carolyn Ellis is a Distinguished University Professor of communication and sociology at University of South Florida and a leading figure in autoethnography. She was honored with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from ICQI, the 2013 career Legacy Award from NCA Ethnography Division, and 2015 NCA Distinguished Scholar.

About the Series

Routledge Education Classic Edition

The Routledge Education Classic Editions Series celebrates Routledge's commitment to excellence in scholarship, teaching and learning within the field of education. Written by experts, these books are recognized as timeless classics covering a range of important issues, and continue to be recommended as key reading for education students and professionals in the area. With a new introduction that explores what has changed since the books were first published, where the field might go from here and why these books are as relevant now as ever, the series presents key ideas to a new generation.

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PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology