Doing Criminological Autoethnography: Learning from Conversations with Ourselves

  • Stephen WakemanEmail author


This chapter provides a conversational account of the process that underpins ‘doing’ autoethnography in criminological contexts. It is written in the form of a reflexive ‘conversation with myself’, that is, it poses a number of questions my former self asked of the method and its use, which are answered by my current self having employed autoethnography in my work on heroin users. This isn’t so much ‘what I wish I knew before I started’ but rather ‘what I wish someone had told me before I started’. The ultimate goal is to show how thinking about ‘selves’ in the research process can reveal new and interesting ways of thinking about criminological subjects, as well as to encourage more scholars to have a go at doing the same in their own work.


Autoethnography Addiction Emotion Ethics Reflexivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Crime, Criminalisation and Social ExclusionLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK

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