Doing Autoethnography

  • Editors
  • Sandra L. Pensoneau-Conway
  • Tony E. Adams
  • Derek M. Bolen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Sandra L. Pensoneau-Conway, Tony E. Adams, Derek M. Bolen
    Pages 1-5
  3. Robin M. Boylorn
    Pages 7-17
  4. Keith Berry
    Pages 19-27
  5. Kathryn Thompson
    Pages 29-36
  6. Durell M. Callier, Dominique C. Hill, Hill L. Waters
    Pages 37-44
  7. John Marc Cuellar
    Pages 45-53
  8. Allison Upshaw
    Pages 55-65
  9. O. J. Duncan
    Pages 67-79
  10. Chris Godsey
    Pages 81-93
  11. Stephen Henry
    Pages 95-104
  12. Christina L. Ivey
    Pages 105-113
  13. Dianah Mcgreehan
    Pages 115-126
  14. Sondra S. Briggs
    Pages 127-137
  15. Sarah Helps
    Pages 139-147
  16. Mindy Ralston
    Pages 149-154
  17. David Purnell
    Pages 155-162
  18. Molly Wiant Cummins
    Pages 163-171
  19. Igor Vinicius Lima Valentim
    Pages 173-185
  20. Claire Smith
    Pages 187-196
  21. Amy Arellano
    Pages 197-203
  22. Lee Murray
    Pages 205-215
  23. Devin Collins
    Pages 217-227
  24. Desireé D. Rowe
    Pages 229-232

About this book


In 2011, Doing Autoethnography—the first conference to focus solely on autoethnographic principles and practices—was held in chilly Detroit, Michigan on the campus of Wayne State University. The conference has since occurred four additional times (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Across the five conferences, thousands of attendees from more than ten countries have participated in hundreds of presentations, more than a dozen workshops, and multiple keynote addresses. The chapters in this collection represent outstanding work from the five conferences. Together, authors interrogate autoethnography ethically, theoretically, relationally, and methodologically. Readers will encounter many overlapping themes: identity norms and negotiations; experiences tied to race, gender, sexuality, size, citizenship, and dis/ability; exclusion and belonging; oppression, injustice, and assault; barriers to learning/education; and living with/in complicated relationships. Some chapters provide clear resolutions; others seemingly provide none. Some authors highlight conventionally positive aspects of experience; others dwell in what might be understood as relational darkness. Some experiences will likely resonate with many readers; others will feel unique, unusual, exceptional. In its entirety, the collection will take readers on an evocative, reflexive, and insightful journey.


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