Autoethnography: An Understanding

Digital Asia

Autoethnography is one of those words which seem scary and intimidating when you are first exposed to it. But it is not something that we need to be scared of. After reading into it and examining some further readings, I have come to the conclusion that I do understand it more than I thought I would. Ellis (et al. 2011)’s Autoethnography: An Overview is one of those readings that summarises what exactly is autoethnography and how to apply it to our tasks this session.

Autoethnography is the act of consciously taking into account your personal and contextual experiences to create a wider and deeper cultural understanding. It is to use your personal narrative to relate and engage in a text, and analyse it in a way that can create meaning. As Ellis (et. al 2011) explains, it is to ‘systematically analyse (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand…

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