Introducing Bella and Collaborative Autoethnography

  • Helen Owton


This chapter introduces Bella, the ‘case study’, and how she came to be involved in this project. The main focus in this chapter is on the nature and development of collaborative autoethnography via ‘friendship as method’ with a detailed discussion on feminist ethics of care and the inclusion of ‘critical friends’. Discussions highlight the innovative employment of alternative ways of representing research in ways that work viscerally and deeply so that readers may identify with the stories of one female athlete named Bella who was groomed and sexually abused by her male coach. This chapter ends by introducing Bella and explaining how she was involved in discussion on the focus of various chapters and the selection of stories and poems that best described each process.


Case study Collaborative autoethnography Friendship as method Critical friends Ethics 


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  • Helen Owton
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  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom

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